Preserve Master Plans

Planning Project

Preserve Master Plans

The District’s 2019 master plan calls for updating site-specific master plans for each forest preserve. To begin the process, District staff are revising master plans for three of the most visited forest preserves — Blackwell, Greene Valley and Waterfall Glen.

The updated master plans will provide a roadmap for the preserve’s future development with suggested timeframes for projects to help the District determine future capital budgeting and operational impacts to further the District’s mission. 



The first phase of the process started in early 2021 with background information gathering and site visits.

It will continue through June and July with public and stakeholder engagement sessions and market analysis to determine the best use of assets and to identify gaps and overlaps in programs provided by similar service providers to inform the proposed development program.

The District will host virtual public input meetings and special interest group meetings to gather feedback and ideas about the preserves in June and will be also posting surveys to this webpage.

June 22 Blackwell Public Engagement Session  6 - 8 p.m. via Zoom
June 23 Greene Valley Public Engagement Session  6 - 8 p.m. via Zoom
June 30 Waterfall Glen Public Engagement Session  6 - 8 p.m. via Zoom

Sign up for the public input meetings and take the surveys.

The second phase — including analysis of stakeholder input, development of plan recommendations, implementation plans and cost estimates — is expected to begin in fall 2021.

Once complete, the master plans will serve as important tools to guide the preserve’s development. Master planning would then begin for additional forest preserves.