Pratt's Wayne Woods Model Airfield and Hawk Hollow Off-Leash Dog Area
In October 2012 the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County entered into a cooperative agreement with Canadian National Railway to improve some DuPage forest preserve special-use areas as part of its Munger Connection Project. As part of this agreement, CN planned to relocate Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve's existing model airfield and off-leash dog area to locations better suited to visitors and recreational activities.
The model airfield was relocated to Stearns Road, just south of the James “Pate” Phillip State Park. The airfield features a .16-mile asphalt access road, a 40-car parking lot and a limestone trail from the lot to the field. It also includes a 300-foot-long asphalt runway, a 4-acre mowed turf area and 23 acres of overfly area. The mowed turf is graded, flat and smooth. The area also features a standard swing gate, signage and portable restroom. View the model airfield exhibit here.
The off-leash dog area will be relocated approximately 5 miles east to Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve at Stearns Road and Bittersweet Drive in Bartlett. The 34-acre off-leash dog area will include a .3-mile long asphalt access road, a 57-car parking lot, separate enclosed turf areas for large and small dogs, and an enclosed dog trail. Each area will feature at least one entry with a standard, double gate and maintenance gates. The dog trail will feature a 1.2-mile limestone trail. View the off-leash dog area exhibit here.
The contractor completed construction on both areas in August 2014, but the areas remained closed to visitors while the new turf and other vegetation became established at the sites.
The District opened the new model airfield in July 2015, and the Hawk Hollow off-leash dog area opens Sept. 1, 2015. The off-leash dog area at Pratt's Wayne Woods will remain open through Dec. 31, 2015.