Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve Public Planning Open House

A public Planning Open House on Tuesday evening, June 12, will be held at the Midwest Young Artists Center, 878 Lyster Rd., Highwood, in the historic Fort Sheridan property.

In March, after years of analyzing declines in demand for golf and financial feasibility concerns, the Lake County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners voted 21-1 not to pursue construction of a golf course at the site. Instead, Forest Preserve Commissioners wanted to concentrate on completing additional trails and other more typical Forest Preserve outdoor recreation and habitat restoration improvements for the general public to use and enjoy at Fort Sheridan.

Staff and commissioners are soliciting your ideas for potential future improvements to this preserve.  What amenities will enhance this environmental gem, ensure that it is an asset for the neighbors and a treasure for Lake County residents?  Your input regarding future trails and other potential outdoor recreation and open space improvements is critical.

At the Planning Open House, the public is invited to drop in anytime between 4 and 8 p.m., to review maps and other information about the natural resources and existing public trails and facilities at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, and to provide input regarding options for additional future outdoor recreation and habitat restoration improvements. In an informal setting, Forest Preserve staff members will be available to answer questions. Weather permitting, Forest Preserve historians and naturalists will conduct optional tours of the historic sites and natural areas within the preserve.

Since obtaining the northern 250 acres of the former military base, the Forest Preserve District has restored the wooded ravines and bluffs along the Lake Michigan shoreline, constructed a paved bike and hike trail, installed educational outdoor exhibits, and completed military base cemetery improvements.

Comments from the open house will be reviewed by the Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners and taken into consideration for the site’s future planning.

Directions to the event:

Enter the Fort Sheridan gates on the east side of Sheridan Road At its intersection with Old Elm Road. Follow Simonds Way east to Leonard Wood, and turn right. Follow the road to the right as it becomes Lyster Road. The Midwest Young Artists Center is the seventh yellow brick building on the right. There is parking and a back entrance covered with a burgundy awning.

Those unable to attend the Open House may submit ideas via email at FORT@LCFPD.org.

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