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DuPage River Trail begins to take shape
Apr 1, 2007
Bruce Hodgdon, Media Liason
Forest Preserve District Of Will County
Pertains to DuPage River Trail, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, Channahon, Minooka
DuPage River Trail begins to take shape
For the past two years, Forest Preserve staff has met with other agencies to coordinate and develop the DuPage River Trail, a multi-use, recreational trail on the west side of the DuPage River from the Greene Valley Forest Preserve, in southern DuPage County, to the I & M Canal, in Channahon, about 29 miles in length when completed. The trail will be developed within existing and proposed public open space and will be suitable for all non-motorized, non-equestrian use.

Other members of the coalition are the Naperville Park District, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Bolingbrook Park District, Plainfield Township Park District, Village of Bolingbrook, Village of Plainfield, City of Joliet, Village of Shorewood, and the Channahon Park District.

Different agencies will add portions of the trail as property becomes available. The Forest Preserve already has portions of the trail in place. The 1.7-mile paved trail in Hammel Woods, in Shorewood, currently serves as the southern terminus of the DuPage River Trail.

Recently, the District entered an agreement with the Joliet School District to acquire a parcel north of Black Road, and with another parcel that was recently purchased to the north of that parcel, the District will be able to extend the trail another mile to the north.

Already partially constructed, also, is the Whalon Lake Trail, on Royce Road, in Naperville. A one-mile section of trail is in place, and next year another 0.75-mile section will be completed along with the development of Whalon Lake, which will provide boating and fishing opportunities to the public.
Yet another section of the trail will be built by the Forest Preserve on the Riverview Farm property, at 111th and Book Road, in Naperville. A planned one-mile section of the DuPage River Trail will run along Old Book Road.

The coalition building the trail continues the Forest Preserve’s willingness to enter partnerships to provide regional trails. The first such coalition was the Old Plank Road Trail Commission, comprised of six agencies, whose efforts led to the opening of the 20-mile-long Old Plank Road Trail in 1999.

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