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 District is hosting three public meetings on Saturday, June 11 (rain date June 12) to gather feedback about conceptual master plan framework ideas.

  • Waterfall Glen                        9 – 11 a.m.
    Trailhead lot on Northgate Road off Cass Avenue

  • Greene Valley                        12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Parking lot on Greene Road south of 79th Street

  • Blackwell                                3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Silver Lake Boat Launch off Butterfield Road entrance

Review the proposed framework plans and provide your comments through June 24, 2022.

Provide feedback

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

Then 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 expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

Once complete, the master plans will serve as important tools to guide the preserve’s 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