Letter: Concern with Elburn Forest Preserve entrance

By on June 14, 2012

On Wednesday, June 6, a child was almost hurt on the Eastwood Trail at the Elburn Woods Forest Preserve by a semi truck driving down the Eastwood Trail. There were no signs, flag men or Kane County Forest Preserve employees present. A complaint was made to the Kane County Forest Preserve. The Kane County Forest Preserve feels the safety situation will be addressed with additional “ orange & black” construction signs.

I can’t think of any reason why it would be OK to mix children with semi-trucks on a narrow, winding, low-visibility trail. Yet, that is what Kane County Forest Preserve Director of Operations Mike Holan has deemed proper. Mr. Holan has also indicated there will be no sign at the Read St. Elburn Forest Preserve entrance. This is where many of the unsupervised children from Elburn enter the Forest Preserve on bicycles.

Please take whatever action you deem necessary to ensure the safety of people that enter the Elburn Woods from the Read St. entrance.

Mark Snyder
Hampshire, Ill.