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.
Then in June and July the District hosted public and stakeholder engagement sessions and performed a 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. Additionally, surveys were posted for each preserve.