The Forest Preserve Districts of DuPage and Will County are partnering to connect Greene Valley Forest Preserve in DuPage County to Whalon Lake in Will County to create a critical connection to the planned 40-mile DuPage River Regional Trail system. The trail extension is slated to open in 2018.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement between the two agencies to provide for construction of a portion of the DuPage River Regional Trail within Greene Valley Forest Preserve. The District operates a trail system at Greene Valley, and the Will County Forest Preserve District operates a trail system at Whalon Lake, which is about one mile south of Greene Valley.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County Forest Preserve District contacted the District with a plan to build the 1.25-mile trail link with Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company, which owns a quarry adjacent to Whalon Lake. The bi-county trail segment will extend from Whalon Lake to Greene Valley along Royce and Greene roads at no cost to the District. The District will maintain the 10-foot-wide crushed limestone trail within Greene Valley once it’s completed.
The District has been working with various DuPage County agencies to develop the East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail, a 31-mile bikeway that follows the East Branch DuPage River from Bloomingdale to Woodridge. Once the trail passes into Will County, it becomes the DuPage River Trail and follows the DuPage River through Naperville. The trail will eventually connect to Channahon and the I&M Canal State Trail.
“Residents of DuPage and Will County will greatly benefit from this trail link that will connect hikers and bikers to thousands of acres of open space and the extensive trail systems in both counties along the East Branch DuPage River and the DuPage River,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.
“It’s wonderful to see the collaborative efforts of two agencies produce benefits for the entire region,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Linda Painter, District 3.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.