Elburn officials sign IGA with Kane County Forest Preserve

By on March 11, 2011

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Elburn finalized its agreement with Kane County Forest Preserve to connect the village of Elburn with Elburn Forest Preserve.

“This is a real exciting result we’re going to act on tonight,” said Trustee Bill Grabacek. “It will mean increased pedestrian traffic on North Street going west. We’ll have more of the townfolks coming down North Street, and the increased traffic should have a positive effect.”

He added that there will be a total of four miles of trails as a result of the trailhead at North and Reader streets.

The new entrance will have a parking lot, picnic tables and restrooms. It will eventually hook into a system of bike trails. Construction is set to begin this spring.

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.”

When this connection is added, Elburn will have 1,080 acres contiguous to the village, including trails from Johnson Mound, Blackberry Creek and now Elburn Woods.


  1. OneWhoCares

    March 11, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    Very interesting;From what I see now will need a stop light to get across route 47 now.One thing I’d like to know also how can people south of the tracks get there safely?Then too what about the people on the south west side to get there without putting there life in danger going over the tracks on First street .Anyone in a wheelchair can forget it! Basically no sidewalks that of up to safety standards.From Kansas to North avenue on First street needs to be taken care of so people can take their kids safely across the tracks.

  2. OneWhoCares

    March 11, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    I’ve noticed too that our Park with the nice concrete checker table that was beautifully made by local scouts needs a bit of consideration for the local kids on the southwest side kids to play in. Kind of like the park on corner of W. Shannon St./Babcock St. The grading and seeding was down real nice before the victory garden kind of messed it up. A set of play equipment like the other park would be a beautifully asset for Elburn and kids can safely play without having to cross 47.The nice thing too its right next to the Fire dept for safety.With the new trail going in also kind of all comes together.Trustee Bill Grabacek and the village was strongly for buying that parcial before it could be use for anyother reason.