Blackwell - ADA Kayak Launch Improvements
District staff has identified a need for an ADA-accessible launch for kayaks and canoes on lakes at DuPage forest preserves, especially at Blackwell and Herrick Lake forest preserves where we have rentals and frequent events.
Planning staff developed improvement plans to install a kayak launch at Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve, meeting ADA requirements for recreational boating facilities.
The dock allows individuals of all ages and abilities to launch a kayak without assistance, and includes a boat slip surrounded on three sides and a transfer platform with handrails.
It is the District’s first permanent accessible kayak launch. The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County have identified this as a priority project.
In winter 2021, the Forest Preserve District installed an ADA-accessible launch for kayaks and canoes at Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.
The launch features a boat slip and a transfer platform with handrails, which will allow individuals of all abilities to load and launch independently. A path with pavement striping from the parking lot and a concrete sidewalk ramp leading to the launch were also installed.
The launch, which is the first of its kind at one of its forest preserve lakes, is a permanent feature where boat rentals are available to the public.
The Forest Preserve District plans to open the launch for the season on April 2, and a ribbon cutting is planned for April 23.
The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County provided $15,000 in private donations towards the $75,650 project. The remainder will be funded through the Forest Preserve District’s yearly appropriated construction and development funds.