Current and Previous Grantees

Congratulations to the 2016 Green Region Grant Recipients:

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Cook County

  • City of Hometown, Anderson Park Improvement
    This redevelopment project will provide new equipment for Anderson Park and will help to increase accessibility and open spaces in the park.
  • Niles Park District, Niles Community Garden: The Niles Community Garden will transform an unused plot of land into a productive and educational garden. The garden will offer twenty-six organic plots, two of which will supply fresh produce for public donation.
  • Prospect Heights Park District, Interpretive Nature Park
    This grant will help to create an interpretive nature park, providing ecological benefits while nurturing children’s connection to nature. Native buffers will replace turf grass around the Slough wetland, improving health and habitat while continuing to build a volunteer network.
  • Village of South Holland, Veterans Park Wildlife Area and Observation Deck
    This project will establish a wildlife area and observation deck. This will allow the public to view migratory wildlife, raising ecology awareness, and enhance the local ecology system.
  • Wilmette Park District, Gillson Park Bird Habitat
    This grant will help establish a migratory bird habitat at Gilson Park. This habitat will increase both recreation and education opportunities for the community, as well as provide a critical habitat for migrating birds.

 DeKalb County

  • Village of Shabbona, Multi-Use Community Trail
    This grant will help the village acquire land and create a multi-use pathway connecting a number of community areas to the village itself.

DuPage County

  • Bensenville Park District, Ecological Restoration Project
    The Bensenville Park District project will focus on both the restoration and management of naturalized and native park sites, helping to ensure their health for current and future generations.
  • Village of Carol Stream, Native Planting and Pollinator Restoration Project
    This project will convert approximately one acre of grass in a decommissioned sewage facility will be converted to native and pollinator plantings.
  • Village of Clarendon Hills, Education Gardens and Apiary
    The Richmond Education Gardens and Apiary will promote access to community ownership of process and product, localization, healthy eating, and organic and environmentally sound gardening practices to encourage investments based on environmental sustainability practices.
  • Wheaton Park District, Lincoln Marsh Nature Area
    This grant will help provide a nature play area within the 151-acre Lincoln Marsh Natural Area to encourage children and their families to play and learn in a safe natural environment.

JoDaviess County

  • Village of Warren, Open Space Improvements
    This project will install new safety railings in areas frequented by students, replace trees in the village park, and upgrade the green space in the center of the downtown.

Kane County

  • Big Rock Park District, Community Park Green Space
    The Big Rock Park District project will create the first public vegetated bio area with native flowers within the District’s jurisdiction. The planned area will promote bird and wildlife habitat while offering opportunities for study of native flora and healthy ecosystems.
  • City of Aurora, Restoring Rain Gardens at Phillips Park
    The Green Region grant will help the City of Aurora replant and restore their rain gardens and a bioswale area at Phillips Park.

Lake and Cook County

  • Buffalo Grove Park District, Restoring Mike Rylko Park
    The Buffalo Grove Park District project will extend and accelerate the restoration of Mike Rylko Community Park’s streambanks, woodlands and wetlands along the Willow Stream corridor.

Lake County

  • Grayslake Community Park District, Meadowview Nature Path
    Grayslake Community Park District, in collaboration with Meadowview Sprouts, will work on restoration of a wooded area, adding a nature trail and interpretive signage, and the replacing a wetland boardwalk.
  • Libertyville Township Open Space District, Liberty Prairie Reserve Restoration Project
    This grant will help restore 113 acres of degraded farmland into a native habitat that will connect to three Illinois Nature preserves, creating one contiguous block of habitat.
  • Park District of Highland Park, Skokie River Woods Open Space Planning
    This project will develop an open space plan to increase public access to the Skokie River Woods natural area and improve regional connectivity while protecting the environmental integrity of the wetland ecosystem.
  • Village of Lake Zurich, Oak Ridge Park Habitat Restoration
    This project will begin the habitat restoration of a degraded oak woodland, which will include the removal of invasive species and reintroduction of native ones.

LaSalle and Livingston County

  • City of Streator, Hardscrabble Park Trail Extension and Plan Amendment
    This grant will help the City of Streator construct a trail atop a former railroad right-of-way recently acquired by the city, create displays telling the story of the site’s history, and update the city’s 2002 Greenway Master Plan to reflect changed local conditions.

Lee County

  • Dixon Park District, Rock River Burn Crew
    The Middle Rock River Conservation Partnership brings together 25-plus natural land managers in three state-designated Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs). This project focuses on prescribed fire, and radio equipment required to safely complete burns on natural areas.

McHenry County

  • Village of Island Lake, Hyde’s Lakeview Park Improvements
    This grant will support improvements to the newly acquired Hyde’s Lakeview Park. The goal of the park is to provide the community a scenic setting with benches, limestone walkways, and resting areas overlooking Island Lake.

Will County

  • Will County, Community Garden and Urban Farm Initiative
    This project will establish a community garden/urban farm initiative. It includes an educational garden, small indoor hydroponic growing area, and compost bins.

2015 Grantees

Boone County

  • Village of Poplar Grove, Veteran’s Memorial Park Shelter
    This project is a part of an ongoing effort to develop an accessible, passive-use park shelter adjacent to Long Prairie Trail. The shelter and path will be enjoyed by residents, cyclists, and recreational enthusiasts, and it will used as a space for organized events, scouting, and community wide activities.

Cook County

  • Chicago Park District – Independence Park, Teaching Garden
    This project will support the Independence Park, Teaching Garden, which offers an applied approach to nutritional and biological science education for children enrolled in the summer day camp.
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County, Hermitage Street Community Garden Expansion
    This project will fund the expansion of the successful Hermitage Street Community Garden in the Chicago community area of Englewood. The expansion will allow more families to use allotment beds and the community to be invested in the use of this open, green space that employs environmental best practices.
  • Homewood Flossmoor Park District, Wetlands Restoration Planning at Irons Oaks
    This project will support the planning and restoration of the Irons Oaks Pond to determine the best course of action to restore nature water filtration and quality.
  • Village of Lemont, Heritage Quarries Recreation Area 
    This project will allow the Village of Lemont to install a boat dock at the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, which is situated along the historic I&M Canal State Trail and is one of the Great Lakes quarries. This project is a part of an ongoing effort to increase passive recreation opportunities and will offer visitors 100+ acres of nature to explore.
  • Village of Midlothian, Midlothian Village Greenway
    This project will fund the Midlothian Village Greenway Project, which is a green infrastructure implementation project to increase community awareness of water quality best practices and provide water quality and aesthetic improvements along Midlothian Creek.

DeKalb County

  • DeKalb County Forest Preserve District, Genoa to Kingston Trail Project
    This project will allow the City of Genoa to connect the Russell Woods Forest Preserve with a multi-use trail,  continuing the trail west through Russell Woods and the South Branch Prairie to complete a section of this important trail.
  • City of Sycamore, Peace Road Trail Connection
    This project will connect the Peace Road Trail extension from the South Prairie Elementary School to the main trail next to Peace Road. The new connecting trail will allow safer access to the trail north of Prairie Drive on Peace Road, increasing the enjoyment of all who use the trail.

DuPage County

  • Village of Villa Park, Grow Healthy Community Garden
    This project will allow the Village of Villa Park and its partners in the Grow Healthy Villa Park Coalition to create a community garden on a vacant site and engage partners and residents in establishing an edible, teaching garden that is truly transformational for the Village.
  • Village of Wayne, Honey Hill Meadow
    This project will allow the Village of Wayne to preserve and protect a 38- acre undeveloped meadow for walking, horseback riding, bird watching, and exercise of unleashed dogs. The meadow is traversed by two creeks that form Norton Creek, a tributary to the Fox River.

Grundy County

  • Village of Diamond, Multi-Use Path and Bridge
    This project supports the installation of an accessible multi-use path that includes a  scenic bridge, benches, and informational signage.

Kankakee County

  • Village of Grant Park, Heldt Park Hill Prairie and Natural Playground
    This project will create a hill prairie and a natural playground learning environment that is safe, cognitively challenging, and utilizes native plants and natural elements to create a beautiful, sustainable, wildlife attractive, and environmentally friendly area with a very low carbon footprint.

Kendall County

  • Kendall County Forest Preserve District, Dedicated Nature Preserves Planning and Restoration
    This project will establish management plans for the Maramech Woods Nature Preserve and Tucker-Millington Fen Nature Preserve to implement enhanced natural area monitoring and restoration activities, with the primary focus on removing non-native species from core habitat areas.

Lake County

  • City of Lake Forest, Restoring a 22-Acre Remnant Prairie on the McClory Bike Path
    This project is a collaborative restoration to remove invasive plants along a popular, heavily-traveled 2.5-mile section of the Robert McClory Bike Path in Lake Forest. This project will greatly expand the efforts to control the many invasive plants that threaten this high quality prairie area.
  • Village of Green Oaks, Dennis A. Dorsey Conservation Area 
    This project supports the restoration of the Dennis A. Dorsey Conservation Area. This project focuses on a rare habitat that is threatened globally – 12 acres of northern flatwoods, oak savanna, and vernal pools, which will be restored by volunteers and local homeowners as a citizen model.

Lee County

  • Lee County, Franklin Creek Headwaters Signage
    This project supports the design, fabrication, and installation of a kiosk and informational signs to help visitors navigate the 80-acre Franklin Creek Headwaters property while learning about the site’s key natural and historic features.

McHenry County

  • City of Woodstock, Pathways to Education at William C. Donato Conservation Area
    This project will fund the design of new wetland walkways to ensure the William C. Donato Conservation Area is a safe and accessible outdoor learning lab for Woodstock High School students and is enjoyable for all park visitors.
  • Richmond Burton High School District – 157, Hundred Oaks for a Hundred Years
    This project will support the reforestation of a 20-acre oak woodland that will connect two fragmented woodlands, restoring a 160-acre oak woodland community. This project supplements current woodland restoration on the site and is a component of the long term restoration plan to restore an oak woodland totaling 500 acres at Glacial Park.
  • Village of Oakwood Hills, Oakwood Hills Fen Restoration Lower Basin 
    The project is a part of a larger two-year project to stabilize severe ecosystem degradation at the Oakwood Hills Fen Illinois State Nature Preserve, ensuring that along with the restoration of this important site visitors will be able to access and enjoy the hiking trails.

Stephenson County

  • Village of Orangeville, Wetland Observation Deck Project
    This project will allow the Village of Orangeville to construct an observation deck to enhance community interaction with the Village’s restored wetland along the Jane Addams Trail. The Village will partner with the local non-for-profit group A Community Together (ACT).

Will County

  • Channahon Park District, Community Park Wetland Bank Development
    This project will support the expansion of the current trail system and create linkage to the I&M Canal State Trail, allowing visitors to explore the diverse ecological environments of the wetland bank, park, and canal and learn about the history of the area.
  • Frankfort Square Park District, Island Prairie Boardwalk Extension
    This project will allow the Frankfort Square Park District to expand public access into the Island Prairie Park wetlands by creating a boardwalk extension. The project also includes a shoreline and wetland restoration, which will use native plant material grown in the Island Prairie greenhouse.
  • Lockport Township Park District, Dellwood Park West Conservation
    This project is a part of a joint effort by the Lockport Township Park District and the Will County Forest Preserve District to collectively restore and manage the Dellwood Park West, conserving globally rare and Federally Endangered Species and providing residents with opportunities for bird watching, biking, and hiking.

2014 GRANTEES

Cook County

  • City of Chicago, Remediation of Dorchester Community Garden
    This project will allow site preparation to be performed at the new location of the 62nd and Dorchester community garden before management of the garden transfers from the city to NeighborSpace.
  • City of Prospect Heights, Natural Areas Restoration
    This project will support restoration of two natural areas, the Slough on Wheeling Road and the Prospect Heights Bike Path, under the auspices of the newly-formed City of Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission.
  • City of Rolling Meadows, Completion of Emily’s Prairie
    This project will complete the creation of Emily’s Prairie, a new native prairie located between Salt Creek and Rolling Meadows High School
  • Community Park District of LaGrange Park, Forest Road Trail Access
    This project will establish a new bike path across Forest Preserves of Cook County land, which will connect Forest Road in LaGrange Park with the Salt Creek Trail system. It is expected to open to the public in fall 2014.
  • Kenilworth Park District, Mahoney Park Bird Pond Restoration
    This project is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize Mahoney Park and will allow the Kenilworth Park District to restore the in-ground bird bath to its original state. Mahoney Park is a wild flower and bird sanctuary officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration of the bird bath will benefit local and migratory birds and area residents.
  • Park District of Oak Park, Interpretive Bioswale
    This project will allow the Park District of Oak Park to install an interpretive bioswale at the Oak Park Conservatory, which will serve as both a functional and educational tool and will provide educational opportunities on topics such as urban water management, ecosystem function, and the values of native plants.
  • State of Illinois, Dunning Read Conservation Area
    This project will support the initial restoration and enhance public access of approximately six acres of this Conservation Area, which will kick-start the long-term conservation management plan, on Chicago’s northwest side.
  • Village of Glenview, West Fork Stabilization in Downtown Glenview
    This project will allow the Village of Glenview to enhance public access to and stabilize and naturalize the streambank of the west fork of the north branch of the Chicago River. It represents Glenview’s comprehensive approach toward improving natural habitat and water quality using green infrastructure.
  • Village of Lansing, Downtown Open Space Plan for Fox Pointe
    This project will allow the Village of Lansing to sustainably redevelop and convert a key vacant site within the heart of the community’s downtown into a community park containing native plantings and trees.
  • Village of Niles, Niles Rain Garden Project
    This project will support the completion of the Niles Rain Garden Project, which will improve a depleted site, educate public officials and residents on sustainable practices, create a pedestrian friendly park, and develop a regional model to encourage others to promote water conservation in their communities.
  • Village of Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn Reforestation Corps
    This project will bring together community leaders and elementary and high school students to help reforest Village-owned parkways with high quality native trees, creating habitat, reducing stormwater runoff, increasing air quality and providing students with hands-on learning  about the importance of trees in urban environments.

DuPage County

  • Village of Willowbrook, Lake Hinsdale Park Walking Path
    This project will fund the installation of a walking path at Lake Hinsdale Park, increasing access and enjoyment for all who frequent the park and enhancing the site as a destination for residents.

Grundy County

  • Village of Mazon, Primrose Park
    This project will allow the Village of Mazon to increase public access to Primrose Park and will include a path, sitting/ fishing docks and benches around two fishing ponds and a walkway bridge.

Kane County

  • Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Pingree Grove Forest Preserve
    This project will improve habitat for turtle species at Pingree Grove Forest Preserve through management of invasive species within upland habitat and isolated wetlands used for nesting.
  • Village of North Aurora, Water Wonders Rain Garden
    This project will fund the interactive Water Wonders Rain Garden within the Fox River watershed and will include interpretative signage, native plantings, walking path and pedestrian foot bridge to encourage detailed exploration of the garden.

Kankakee County

  • Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District, Native Plug Installation
    This project expands ecological management and interpretive signage at 30 acres adjacent to the Aroma Land and Water Reserve.

Kendall County

  • Oswegoland Park District, Fox River Observation Platform
    This project will allow the Oswegoland Park District to construct a concrete observation platform, seating and steps leading to the edge of the Fox River to provide an area for the public to access adjacent to the Fox River for passive recreation.

McHenry County

  • Marengo Park District, Trail Improvements
    This project will allow the Marengo Park District to make the hiking trail more accessible for senior and handicapped citizens, improve the quality of the existing trail and enhance the use and enjoyment of those who visit the site.

Lake County

  • Village of Lakemoor, Open Space and Pedestrian Corridor Plan
    This project will allow the Village of Lakemoor to leverage its land acquisition activities to achieve the overall goals of the Village’s Central Area Open Space and Pedestrian Corridor Plan.

Will County

  • Crete Park District, Peter Halligan Nature Park
    This project will develop a 6.5 acre park with butterfly habitat, wild bird habitat, a reflection path, benches, signage and an overlook.
  • Forest Preserve District of Will County, Goodenow Grove Trail and Habitat Enhancements
    This projects funds trail upgrades and new trails at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve and Plum Creek Nature Center, along with installation of a demonstration prairie and other ecological treatments for habitat improvement.

Winnebago County

  • Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, Ferguson Forest Preserve
    This project supports the design and installation of 10 interpretative signs along the trail and at the entrance to the newly acquired Ferguson Forest Preserve, which will encourage visitors to learn about and develop a greater appreciation for their natural surroundings and enhance their experience at the Preserve.

Woodford County

  • City of Minonk, Sutton’s Park Walking Trail
    This project supports the construction of a walking trail through Sutton’s Park that will allow easier access to the exisiting Nature Trail. The proposed walking trail and established Nature Trail are a part of a larger, comprehensive plan to connect the trails to a park located on the southern edge of Minonk.

2013 GRANTEES

Cook County

  • Village of Brookfield, Village of Brookfield Open Space Plan
    This project will fund an update to the Village’s Open Space Plan and will address key natural systems within Brookfield, such as Salt Creek.
  • Enlace Chicago, 6062 Trees Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom 
    This project will fund the design and installation of a rain garden and outdoor learning area within a community garden in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.
  • Village of Hillside, Illinois Prairie Path Landscape Enhancement Project
    The project includes capital and landscape improvements to the Illinois Prairie Path main stem segment passing through the village of Hillside.
  • Village of Homewood, Izaak Walton Preserve Trail System Footbridge Replacement
    This project will fund materials to build a replacement bridge for the existing footbridge located at trail marker BR0.11 on the four-mile Izaak Walton Preserve Trail in Homewood.
  • Village of Orland Park, Orland Park Nature Center
    This project will fund the site preparation including prairie seed mix and the development of a master plan for the Pebble Creek property and future nature center.
  • City of Palos Heights, Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanical Gardens
    This kick-off project will implement the master site plan for Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanical Gardens and its surrounding natural areas.
  • Village of Park Forest, Central Park Wetland – Three Year Ecosystem Enhancement Plan
    The three-year improvement plan aims to restore the quality and habitat of the site through enhancement activities like invasive weed control, mowing and prescribed burns, and water level management.
  • Village of Wilmette, Elmwood Dunes Preserve
    This project will restore and protect the bluff and dune ecosystem at Elmwood Dunes Preserve by purchasing and planting native plants, trees, and seeds and installing educational signage.

DeKalb County

  • City of Genoa, Trail Project
    The trail improvement project will provide a gravel trail through parts of Genoa’s Prairie Corridor project allowing the community to have greater access to recreational opportunities and scenic natural areas in the Grand Prairie.

DuPage County

  • Glen Ellyn Park District, Ackerman Park Access from the Great Western Trail
    This project will construct an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, crushed limestone, 140-linear-foot trail extension connecting Ackerman Park in Glen Ellyn to the Great Western Trail.

Kane County

  • Campton Township, Invasive Species Removal at Harley Woods
    This project will remove invasive plant species at the Harley Woods site.

Kendall County

  • Village of Oswego, Paddle the Fox
    The project funds the design and fabrication of five signs to identify the water trail as part of the “Paddle the Fox” project and to be placed along the Fox River at established canoe launch sites.

McHenry County

  • Village of Bull Valley, Still Farm Restoration
    This project will restore five acres of a 52-acre former farmland site (now village-owned) into savanna and wetlands including a walking path and signage for the public’s education and enjoyment.
  • McHenry County Conservation District, Trail of History Woodland Restoration
    This project will fund 1,500-2,000 local-genotype oak and hazelnut seedlings to restore a 160-acre tract of historic oak woodland in McHenry County.

Ogle County

  • Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District, Skare Park Restoration
    This project will implement targeted control of highly invasive herbaceous plant species in select areas within Skare Park on a priority-based treatment schedule.

Will County

  • Village of Mokena Public Works Department, Restoring and Revitalizing Mokena’s Crystal Creek Prairie
    This project will support Mokena’s ongoing partnership with the Land Conservancy of Will County for improved land management and educational outreach activities at the 45-acre Prairie Park Preserve, a public parkland of wetlands and prairie.

Winnebago County

  • Rockford Park District, Aldeen Park Dam Basin Restoration
    The project will convert four acres of Aldeen Park to natural vegetation to promote flood management, water infiltration, and ecological biodiversity.