Additions to several forest preserves, a land exchange and a community bike path connection were among items approved by the Lake County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners at their November 10 meeting.
New Preserve Additions
The Board approved purchasing the following properties:
- A 16.5-acre addition (Lageschulte property) to Grassy Lake Forest Preserve at a cost of $1,188,000. Purchase expands the preserve’s acreage to approximately 689. The property is located in Cuba Township on the south side of Kelsey Road and is bordered on the east by the preserve. Acquisition of this property has been a high priority for more than 10 years. Preserving this land allows for the protection of high quality oak woodlands and provides a valuable buffer for the Flint Creek wetlands.
- A 10.5-acre addition (Worozaken property) to Grant Woods Forest Preserve at a cost of $535.000. It expands the preserve’s total acreage to approximately 1,119. The property presents a park-like setting and is bordered on the north and west by Grant Woods. The acquisition allows for future trail access and parking off of Rollins Road.
- A 9.5-acre addition (Braun property) to the Fox River Preserve and Marina at a cost of $28,500. It expands the preserve’s total acreage to approximately 599. The property is located in Wauconda Township just north of Robert’s Road. Acquisition enhances the preserve’s holdings and allows for expansion of wetland restoration opportunities.
The land buys meet continuing land acquisition goals to preserve more open space, protect and restore wildlife habitat, create new trails and improve public access to new and existing preserves.
Each purchase is contingent on a final closing in approximately 60-90 days. If successful, the additions will join an extensive network of open spaces totaling more than 27,400 acres that create the Lake County Forest Preserves.
Land Exchange with Fremont School District 79
The Board also approved a resolution authorizing the transfer of approximately 21.6 acres of land to Fremont School District 79 in exchange for approximately 43.6 acres of property owned by the School District. The School District has already approved the intergovernmental agreement for the land swap.
In September 2009, the Forest Preserve Board purchased a 77-acre addition (Tekampe property) to Ray Lake Forest Preserve in Fremont Township. Following the acquisition, the Forest Board began negotiations with Fremont School District 79 to exchange 21.6 acres of the Tekampe parcel for 43.6 acres of school property located adjacent to the preserve. The original 77-acre purchase, together with the land exchange with Fremont School District 79, will net 97.6 acres at Ray Lake Forest Preserve, placing that preserve’s total acreage at approximately 516 acres.
The land exchange allows the Forest Preserve to enhance its open space and wetlands preservation program through the control of large wetland and drainage areas located behind the school. The exchange also provides outdoor classroom connections for the neighboring schools, and offers the School District a way to provide for future school expansion.
County of Lake Bike Path Connection
An intergovernmental agreement with the County of Lake for a new community bike path that will connect to the Lake County Forest Preserves’ Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) in Deerfield was also approved.
The agreement grants a right-of-way to the County of Lake for the construction of a segment of the Deerfield Road Bike Path and for future road expansion. The County of Lake will build the $1.6 million trail and bicycle/pedestrian bridge along the south side of Deerfield Road from Thornmeadow Road westward and across the river where it will connect to the existing DPRT. The County will own and maintain the newly constructed bike path. The Forest Preserve will maintain the section of trail that connects the new path to the DPRT. The County of Lake will fund the project.
View maps for each project
Lageschulte Land Addition
Worzaken Land Addition
Braun Land Addition
Fremont School Land Exchange
County of Lake Bike Path Connection