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 preserves' future development with suggested timeframes for projects to help the District determine future capital budgeting and operational impacts to further the District’s mission. 



After receiving public opinions from online forms and meetings in June 2022, the Forest Preserve District refined its plans for the preserves. It presented these updated plans at three online public engagement sessions in October 2022. 

See the latest master plan drafts and leave your comments through Oct. 28, 2022. 

After evaluating the comments from this review period, the Forest Preserve District will revise the plans a final time and begin to establish priorities and cost estimates for the plans' recommendations. It is anticipated that the plans will be recommended for approval in early 2023.


Project Background

The first phase of development of these site-specific master plans began in early 2021 with information gathering and site visits.

In June and July 2021, the District hosted public and stakeholder engagement sessions and performed a market analysis to determine the best use of assets and identify gaps and overlaps in programs provided by similar service providers to inform the proposed development program. Additionally, surveys were posted for each preserve.

The second phase — including analysis of stakeholder input, development of plan recommendations, implementation plans, and cost estimates — is currently underway and expected to be complete by the beginning of 2023.

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


Master Plan Update to Board 10-19-21
Master Plan Discovery and Analysis Report 10-19-21
Master Plan Framework Plan Update to the Board 5-24-22
Master Plan Presentation to Board 8-9-22
Blackwell Master Plan Public Engagement Session 10-11-22
Greene Valley Master Plan Public Engagement Session 10-12-22
Waterfall Glen Master Plan Public Engagement Session 10-13-22