Warrenville Grove Public-Access Improvements — Phase 3

Overview

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County — in cooperation with DuPage County and Warrenville — has completed plans for public-access improvements at Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve in Warrenville. The improvements, which will provide additional recreational and educational opportunities for DuPage County’s citizens, are part of a grant project involving the cleanup and restoration of portions of the West Branch of the DuPage River by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Plans for improvements at the forest preserve include: a 450-foot-long accessible trail, which will connect the preserve’s parking lot to two canoe launches along the river; an accessible fishing overlook; a two-tiered turf terrace with natural-stone outcrops, which will serve as overlooks; two benches, one of which will be accessible; four interpretive signs; a 2,500 square-foot retaining wall with native vegetation; and several outcrops for viewing wildlife and recreational photography opportunities.

In addition, the river’s shoreline will be enhanced with native vegetation and boulders, which will provide structure as aquatic habitat. The remaining slopes will be covered with low-profile native grasses.

Funding

The District estimates the public-access improvements will cost $350,000; the improvements will be funded entirely by the NOAA grant.

Status

Construction is anticipated to be complete over the spring of 2013.

Warrenville Grove Public-Access Improvements Plan.

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