Elburn Forest Preserve to have new entrance from within the village

By on January 13, 2011

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—To gain entrance to the Elburn Forest Preserve, you will no longer need to hop in your car and drive around to Route 38. Starting sometime this spring, you will be able to enter from within the village at the west end of North Street.

The new entrance will have a main drive into a parking lot, a shelter and restrooms. It will eventually hook into a system of bike trails.

According to Jerry Culp, the director of planning and development for the Kane County Forest Preserve, the project will be 80 percent paid for by a grant.

“It’s part of a long-term plan for a bike trail. It will provide access from downtown and will be a benefit to the people of the village,” Culp said. “It will be one part of a regional trail system.”

Kane County Forest Preserve first submitted to the village of Elburn a conceptual plan to relocate the entrance. After the village made some changes, a seller was found at an access point to the original part of the forest preserve.

The project will go out to bid this month. Culp said they hope to start construction in April.