Hawk Hollow-Mallard Lake Bridge Over County Farm Road Opens

News Release

District Opens Hawk Hollow-Mallard Lake Bridge Over County Farm Road

Pedestrian Bridge Improves Safety and Access for Trail Users

(June 13, 2017) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County officially opened a new pedestrian bridge over County Farm Road in Hanover Park that connects Mallard Lake and Hawk Hollow forest preserves.

A new 1-mile trail at Mallard Lake connects the bridge to existing trails at the preserve and provides a missing link in the greater 35-mile North Central DuPage Regional Trail, which will eventually connect Cook County to the West Branch DuPage River Trail.

“This bridge and connecting trail improve safety and accessibility to our preserves,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “It’s an important link for bicyclists and all trail users.”

The project was awarded $500,000 from DuPage County; a $1 million grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; $1.98 million in federal funding through the Surface Transportation Program; and $1.28 million in funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.

“By securing funding from outside sources, we completed this project in the most cost-efficient manner and saved DuPage County taxpayers money while providing them with an additional way to connect to nature,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6.

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 62 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 and Instagram pages.
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