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.