Table of Contents Introduction Description of Funding Sources Proposed 2012 Spending by Category Final Capital Improvement Plan by Funding Source Project Highlights TABLE 1. 2012‐2016 Capital Projects by Location TABLE 2. 2012‐2016 Capital Projects by Category, Location and Timing Summary of CIP Outreach Events
Introduction The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is one of the largest, most utilized Preserves in the nation. It manages more than 68,000 acres of woodlands and water bodies that provide habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Our public lands also provide a wide array of facilities for public education and outdoor recreation. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County and partner organizations invest over ten million dollars each year on capital improvement projects that restore or enhance its landscapes and facilities. The Capital Improvement Plan (“CIP”) is a five year projection of the Forest Preserve District’s infrastructure investment needs and priorities. Guiding Principles for this 2012 Update. Preliminary project suggestions have been evaluated against the District’s mission to restore, protect and preserve our natural lands and provide opportunities for public education or recreation as well as these Guiding Principles: Public Health, Safety, Access and Convenience. Does the project address pressing needs relating to public health, safety and accessibility, or improve access for people with disabilities, especially for facilities that are open to the public? Comprehensive Planning. Does it assess the condition of our land and facilities in a more comprehensive way and provide a framework for future investment decisions? Engaging New Forest Preserve Users. Does it engage stakeholders in planning for new facilities and experiences to introduce new people to the forest preserves? Environmental Sustainability. Does it ensure that our Forest Preserve lands and facilities will be available to future generations? Financial Sustainability and Partnerships. Will it generate revenue to support the ongoing maintenance and operations? Will it involve partners that contribute funding or other resources to make the project a success? How the Plan was Developed. This Plan includes projects proposed for specific locations as well as proposed district‐wide improvements. Projects were identified by District staff, partner organizations, stewardship and recreation groups. Public suggestions were also received through our website, open houses and other outreach efforts over the past several months. Projects were then evaluated and prioritized by giving consideration to the Guiding Principles set out above. For example, some projects included in last year’s update of the CIP that were scheduled to start in 2012 have now been shifted to start in 2013 pending the results of some comprehensive studies in 2012. Some new projects have also been proposed to introduce new people to the forest preserves. Budget Needs for 2012 & Beyond. The estimated total cost of all projects for 2012 is roughly $42 Million and roughly $100 Million for the next 4 years. An estimated $5.7 Million in new capital funding will be needed to proceed with 2012 projects. New funding needed in 2012 remains the same as new funding requested for 2011. Only projects with funds shown in the 2012 column on the attached charts are proposed to be funded next year. Funding for 2012 projects will come from four major sources described on the next page.
Description of Funding Sources FUND DESCRIPTIONCONSTRUCTION & The Construction and Development fund is established to account forDEVELOPMENT annual tax levies and certain other revenues to be used for construction of major capital facilities. The funds must be expended over a five-year period and any unspent proceeds at the end of the five-year period are transferred to the Corporate Fund.CAPITAL The purpose of this fund is to account for all capital expenditures of theIMPROVEMENT District that are funded by debt or other financing sources and that are notFUND related to land acquisitions.GRANT FUNDS The Forest Preserve District receives funds outside of its tax levy that are to be used in the construction of major capital facilities. These funds are received through grants.OTHER The Forest Preserve District receives funds outside of its tax levy that are to be used in the construction of major capital facilities. These funds are received through intergovernmental agreements, settlements from third party environmental violations, fees resulting from the Districts tree mitigation Ordinance or other fees earmarked for capital improvements. The funds also include remaining surplus from a 2004 bond issue that was authorized by State Senate Bill 83 (SB83).
Proposed 2012 Spending By Category Site Information, Recreation ‐ Landscape $739,279 Improvements, Walks, Shelters and $435,000 Trail System Rebuilding, Ramps, $1,695,000 $2,000,000 Parking Projects, $4,296,378 Habitat Restoration, $5,756,198 New Trail System, $8,929,264 Maintenance Outlays, $2,114,217 Nature Centers, $180,000 Camps, $625,000 General Consulting Services, $2,724,742 Support Facilities, $3,126,300 NeighborSpace ‐ Recreational Facilities, 2012 contribution, $1,060,000 $100,000 General Headquarters, $1,650,000 Boat Facilities, $688,800 Water & Sewer Lines, Washroom, Comfort $886,590 Stations & Pavilions, $3,531,151 Fence Projects, $1,080,000
Project Highlights This 2012 Update to the Forest Preserve District’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan includes somechanges from prior year updates. Overall spending for 2012 would be higher than 2011 due to thelate start in 2011 due to new leadership and decisions to defer some investments. Investment inrestoration of natural lands would remain as one of the largest areas of investment. New planningstudies and needs assessments would better inform future decisions on whether to invest in majorrenovations of District facilities such as campgrounds, recreational improvements and supportstructures. The Planning & Development Department is requesting a substantial boost in its generalconsulting services budget in 2012 to conduct some necessary baseline assessments and master plans.In the development of the 2012 Update, the District has made a more concerted effort to solicit publicinput. Specifically the District has initiated a web based comment portal and a series of six expandedcommunity outreach events. Comments received from these efforts were reviewed and whenappropriate were included in the 2012 Update.This 2012 Update also begins to convey some of the strategic thinking behind the District’srecommendations. The highlights below explain why there is a change in level of investment incertain categories of projects and a preview of preliminary plans for the next 5 years.Planning & Assessment Projects (General Consulting Services)Some major planning and assessment projects are proposed in 2012 that will provide a solidinformation base for future investment decisions. Larger consulting projects for which funds havebeen requested in 2012 include: Camp improvement - design work – for an initial phase of improvements resulting from current master planning effort. A new Recreation Master Plan that will review needs for some existing recreation facilities and explore potential new recreation improvements that are consistent with the District’s mission. Some suggestions for new recreation projects, such as a possible new zip line at Swallow Cliff, have been included in the 5-year plan but deferred until 2013 until the Recreation Master Plan is completed. Engineering Services – civil engineering services for inspection of dam & water control structures, including study of Sauk Lake; and structural engineering services to inspect & design improvements to buildings;
Project Highlights Building Needs Assessment – to assess all District support buildings. Many requests for improvements to these buildings that were included in the 2011-2015 CIP have been put on hold pending the outcome of this study.TrailsPlanning and construction of bike and equestrian trails continues to be one of the largest capitalinvestment areas for the Forest Preserve District. New funding needed in 2012 ($140,734) issignificantly lower than in 2011 ($2,008,979), however, because the District has been setting asidefunds from previous budgets for large federally-assisted trail projects. These federal grants typicallyprovide funding for 80% of the project costs for bicycle trails. Combining the previously budgetedfunds with the 2012 funds and grant funds, there is nearly $11 million dollars available for trailconstruction and rebuilding.The Bicycle Trail map included in this Plan [Figure 1] shows the existing Forest Preserve Districttrail system, projects under construction and proposed trails. The proposed trails are intended toreflect the major regional trail systems and major links to those trails. The District’s policy has beento develop the major regional trails and encourage connections to those trails by the localmunicipalities.Proposed 2012 major trail projects include engineering of the Calumet-Sag Trail, North BranchBicycle Trail- Southern Extension (to City of Chicago), North Branch Bicycle Trail-Lake Cook RoadExtension (to the Greenbay Trail) and the Thorn Creek Bicycle Trail Extension, and re-routing themulti-use trail at Forty Acre Woods. In addition, 2012 will also include investigation and follow-upon a number of trail repair and safety improvement projects that were identified in public commentsthat have been received in the past few months.Proposed major trail projects for 2013 to 2016 include the Thorn Creek Bicycle Trail, the Calumet-Sag Trail, the North Branch Bicycle Trail Projects, the Orland Grassland Bicycle Trail, the PoplarCreek Trail Connection, Tinley Creek Bicycle Trail extension, and the McGinnis Slough connectorTrail.
Project Highlights Habitat and Landscape RestorationHabitat Restoration is the second biggest category of capital investment for the District after trails,with more than $5.7 million in improvements planned for a range of restoration projects that enhancethe value or extend the useful life of the Districts landscapes and natural resources. Approximately $2.1 Million per year is needed for the next 5 years for enhancement of ecologically- important habitat. Another $1 million per year would be used to restore lower-quality land, including retired farm fields. Another $1,000,000 per year is needed for shoreline vegetation removal and wetland restoration District-wide. Silviculture practice projects would be folded into the Restoration Landscape account and funded primarily with fees collected through the Districts Tree Mitigation Ordinance. Finally, control of wildlife that causes damage to theherbaceous plant community and other important habitat would continue to be a priority for the nextthree years through an agreement with USDA.In addition, to capital investment of the Forest Preserve Districts funds and resources, other agenciesand partners are currently investing their own staff and funding to restore District lands. Thefollowing agencies and/or organizations are providing agency funding or grant funding for variousrestoration projects on District lands in 2012; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, OpenLands, Friends ofthe Forest Preserves and the Illinois Toll Highway Authority. The total amount of funding fromvarious projects add up to approximately $20,000,000 and covers approximately 6,500 acres ofDistrict lands. These projects are in various stages of completion, but will all be in progress over thenext 2 to 5 years.Building Improvement ProjectsMajor new buildings originally funded in 2011 will be completed in 2012, including a new boathouseat Busse Lake, substantial renovations of the historic pavilions at Thatcher Woods and Dan RyanWoods as well as the comfort station at Eggers Grove.Major funding requests for buildings in 2012 include major rehab of the Poplar Creek WildlifeHeadquarters ($2,000,000) and a pilot program to test out a new comfort station prototype($1,000,000). Most other building projects in last year’s update CIP that were slated to start in 2012
Project Highlights have been pushed back to 2013, however, pending the results of the Campground Master Plan andBuilding Needs Assessment described earlier.CampsCamp programs and facilities in the Forest Preserves are anarea where major capital investment is anticipated over thenext 5 years. A new system of camping facilities is viewedas one of the most promising strategies for introducing abroad range of new people to the forest preserves. In 2012,the District expects to complete a master plan includingconcept drawings for all of its camping activities. Designdrawings for an initial phase of improvements will alsobegin in 2012. By 2013, plans for a major new “legacyproject” such as a flagship campground and conferencecenter should be fully developed in time for implementationin the District’s 2014 Centennial year.Picnic Shelters Picnic Shelters are one of the most heavily used seasonal facilities in the forest preserves. Continued investment in building new shelters in strategic locations is planned for 2012 and beyond. In addition to investment in the shelters themselves, the District is planning to implement a pilot program using environmentally-sustainable materials to construct walkways to improve access to the shelters.
Project Highlights Parking LotsMost residents drive to forest preserves to use a picnic grove, visit a nature center, fly a modelairplane or ride on a trail. Maintaining the District’s extensive system of parking lots is important inserving the public. Building new parking lots to provide access to newly-acquired lands is alsoespecially costly and potentially damaging to the environment. The District typically invests $1-2million per year on repaving a dozen or so existing parking lots and building 1 or 2 new ones.In 2011, District engineering staff have assessed and rated hundreds of existing parking lots and ratedthem using the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) scale developed by theTransportation Information Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus. Using this ratingsystem, a rating of 10 represents a brand new lot and 1 represents a pavement that has failed andshould be considered for reconstruction. The most severely deteriorated lots with a rating of 3 or lesshave been given priority for repaving in 2012. Moderately deteriorated lots with a rating of 4 to 5have been slated for work in 2013-2015. [Figure 2]District planning and engineering staff also plan to continue to refine existing policies and bestpractices for construction, repaving and maintenance of paved its parking lots and paved surfaces.Related engineering initiatives in 2012 will include revisiting of the District’s stormwatermanagement policy.
2012-1216 Capital Projects by Location Location Planning and Development Budget Account Items Landscape Construction of Buildings and Bridges Bike and Washroom & Comfort Stations Equestrian Fences,Gates, Concrete Units Sewer & Water Construction General Consulting Services Trails Walks, Shelter, and Ramps Trail System Rebuilding General Headquarters Recreational Facilities Maintenance Outlays Commisioner District Habitat Restoration New Trail Systems Site Identification Support Facilities Parking Projects Nature Centers District Region Boat Facilities Recreation Camps Zone Name of Facility,Grove or Recognized Area NORTHWEST REGION Arthur L. Janura Preserve Restoration* 15 1 Northwest X Bakers Lake Overlook 14 2 Northwest X Bakers Lake Younghusband Prairie 14 2 Northwest X Barrington Road Pond 15 1 Northwest Beverly Lake 14 1 Northwest X Bluff Spring Fen 15 1 Northwest Bode East 15 1 Northwest Bode Lake 15 1 Northwest X Busse Forest - Central 15 2 Northwest Busse Forest - North 15 2 Northwest Busse Forest - South 15 2 Northwest X Busse Forest - West 15 2 Northwest X Busse Forest Elk Pasture 15 2 Northwest X X Busse Forest Main Dam 15 2 Northwest X Busse Forest Trail - paved 15 2 Northwest X Busse Lake Beisner Road Access 15 2 Northwest X Busse Lake Boating Center 15 2 Northwest X X Busse Main Pool 15 2 Northwest X Busse-North Pool 15 2 Northwest Busse-South Pool 15 2 Northwest Camp Alphonse 14 2 Northwest X Camp Reinberg 14 2 Northwest X Carl R. Hansen Woods 15 1 Northwest Crabtree Nature Center 14 1 Northwest X X Deer Grove 14 1 Northwest Deer Grove Lake 14 2 Northwest Deer Grove Sub-Headquarters 14 2 Northwest Deer Grove Trail - paved 14 2 Northwest Deer Grove Trail - unpaved 14 2 Northwest Deer Grove-East 14 2 Northwest X Deer Grove-West 14 2 Northwest Grassy Ridge Meadow 14 2 Northwest X Great Egret Family Picnic Area 15 1 Northwest X Highland Wood Driving Range 14 2 Northwest Highland Woods Golf Course 14 2 Northwest Ned Brown Meadow 15 2 Northwest Northwest Division Headquarters 15 2 Northwest Northwest Resource Management HQ 15 2 Northwest X Old Stover Trailhead 14 1 Northwest X Paul Douglas & Crabtree Trail - paved 14 2 Northwest X Penny and Healy Prairie Restoration 14 1 Northwest X Penny Rd Pond 14 1 Northwest X Poplar Creek 15 1 Northwest X Poplar Creek Bicycle Lot 15 1 Northwest X Poplar Creek Division Headquarters 15 1 Northwest Poplar Creek Equestrian Parking 15 1 Northwest X Poplar Creek Model Airplane Flying Field 15 1 Northwest X X Poplar Creek Police 15 1 Northwest X Poplar Creek Trail - paved 15 1 Northwest X Poplar Creek Trail - unpaved 15 1 Northwest X Resource Management Wildlife HQ 15 1 Northwest X X Spring Creek Valley Headwaters 14 1 Northwest X X Spring Lake Equestrian Parking 14 1 Northwest Spring Lake Nature Preserve 14 1 Northwest Spring Lake Trail - unpaved 14 1 Northwest X Woodland Meadow 15 2 Northwest X NORTH REGION Allison Woods 17 3 North X Axehead Lake 17 3 North X Beck Lake 17 3 North X X* DENOTES NEWLY CREATED AREAS TABLE 1
2012-1216 Capital Projects by Location Location Planning and Development Budget Account Items Landscape Construction of Buildings and Bridges Bike and Washroom & Comfort Stations Equestrian Fences,Gates, Concrete Units Sewer & Water Construction General Consulting Services Trails Walks, Shelter, and Ramps Trail System Rebuilding General Headquarters Recreational Facilities Maintenance Outlays Commisioner District Habitat Restoration New Trail Systems Site Identification Support Facilities Parking Projects Nature Centers District Region Boat Facilities Recreation Camps Zone Name of Facility,Grove or Recognized Area Belleau Lake 17 3 North X Big Bend Lake 17 3 North X Billy Caldwell Golf Course 9 4 North Blandings Grove Family Picnic Area 17 3 North X X Blue Beech Family Area 9 3 North X X Blue Star Memorial Woods 14 4 North X Bunker Hill 13 4 North X Caldwell Woods 9 4 North Calvin R. Sutker Grove 13 4 North X Camp Adahi 14 4 North X Camp Baden Powell 17 3 North X Camp Dan Beard 14 3 North X Camp Glenview 14 4 North X Camp Ground Road Woods 17 3 North X X Camp Pine Woods 17 3 North X Catherine Chevalier Woods 9 3 North X Che Che Pin Qua Woods 9 3 North X Chicago Botanic Garden 13 4 North Chick Evans Golf Course 13 4 North Chipilly Woods 14 4 North Chippewa Woods 17 3 North X Dam No 1 Woods-East 14 3 North X Dam No 1 Woods-West 14 3 North Dam No. 2 Woods 17 3 North X Dam No. 4 Woods-East 17 3 North X X Des Plaines Division Headquarters 17 3 North Des Plaines Trail - paved* 17 3 North Des Plaines Trail - unpaved 17 3 North Edgebrook Golf Course 9 4 North Edgebrook Woods 9 4 North X X X Erickson Woods 14 4 North X Evans Field 9 3 North X Forest Glen Woods 9 4 North X X X Forest Way Grove 14 4 North X Fullerton Woods 9 3 North X X Fullerton Woods Family Picnic Area 9 3 North X Glen Grove Equestrian Center 13 4 North X X X Glenview Woods 14 4 North Harms Woods-Central 14 4 North Harms Woods-North 14 4 North Harms Woods-South 14 4 North Harry H. Semrow Driving Range 17 3 North Indian Boundary Division HQ 9 3 North Indian Boundary Family Picnic Area 16 3 North X X Indian Boundary Golf Course 9 3 North Irene C. Hernandez 12 4 North X Iroquois Woods 17 3 North X Irving Park Road Canoe Landing 9 3 North X Jerome Huppert Woods 9 3 North X X John E. Traeger Picinic Area 17 3 North X X Kloempken Prairie 17 3 North Labagh Woods 12 4 North X X Lake Avenue Woods-East 17 3 North X Lake Avenue Woods-West 17 3 North X Linne Woods 13 4 North X X Lions Woods 17 3 North X Little House Of Glencoe 14 4 North X Mary Mix Mcdonald Woods 13 4 North Massasauga Family Picnic Area 14 3 North X X Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center 9 4 North X Miami Woods 13 4 North X* DENOTES NEWLY CREATED AREAS TABLE 1
2012-1216 Capital Projects by Location Location Planning and Development Budget Account Items Landscape Construction of Buildings and Bridges Bike and Washroom & Comfort Stations Equestrian Fences,Gates, Concrete Units Sewer & Water Construction General Consulting Services Trails Walks, Shelter, and Ramps Trail System Rebuilding General Headquarters Recreational Facilities Maintenance Outlays Commisioner District Habitat Restoration New Trail Systems Site Identification Support Facilities Parking Projects Nature Centers District Region Boat Facilities Recreation Camps Zone Name of Facility,Grove or Recognized Area North Branch Division Headquarters 13 4 North X X North Branch Trail - paved 13 4 North X X North Branch Trail - unpaved 14 4 North Northwestern Woods 17 3 North X X Perkins Woods 13 4 North Potawatomi Lake 14 3 North Potawatomi Woods 14 3 North River Bend Family Picnic Area 9 3 North X X River Trail Nature Center 17 3 North X X X Robinson Homestead Family Picnic Area 9 3 North X X Robinson Woods-South 9 3 North X Schiller Model Airplane Flying Field 9 3 North Schiller Playfield 9 3 North X Schiller Pond 9 3 North X Schiller Woods-East 9 3 North Schiller Woods-South 16 3 North Schiller Woods-West 9 3 North Sidney Yates Flatwoods 9 4 North Skokie Division Headquarters 14 4 North X Skokie Lagoon 14 4 North X Skokie Resource Management HQ 13 4 North X Somme Nature Preserve 14 4 North Somme Prairie Grove 14 4 North Somme Woods 14 4 North X St. Paul Woods 13 4 North X Sunset Bridge Meadow 9 3 North X Thaddeus S. "Ted" Lechowicz 9 4 North X Tower Road 14 4 North X Tower Road Boat Launch 14 4 North X X X Turnbull Woods 13 4 North X Watersmeet Woods 14 4 North Wayside Woods 13 4 North X Whealan Pool Aquatic Center 9 4 North X CENTRAL REGION Andrew Toman Grove 16 5 Central X Arie Crown Forest 16 6 Central Arie Crown Trail - unpaved 16 6 Central Bemis Woods-North 17 5 Central Bemis Woods-South 17 5 Central X X Brezina Woods 16 5 Central Brookfield Woods 16 5 Central X Brookfield Zoo 16 5 Central Callahan Grove 16 5 Central X Central Maintenance Facility 16 5 Central X Cermak Family Aquatic Center 16 5 Central X Cermak Quarry 16 5 Central X Cermak Woods 16 5 Central Chicago Portage Natl Historic 16 5 Central X X Cummings Square 9 5 Central X X X G.A.R. Woods 9 5 Central General Headquarters 9 5 Central X X X Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum 9 5 Central Lagrange Park Woods 16 5 Central X Lake Ida 16 6 Central X Maywood Grove 1 5 Central X McCormick Woods 16 5 Central X X Meadowlark Golf Course 17 5 Central Miller Meadow-North 16 5 Central X Miller Meadow-South 16 5 Central X National Grove-North 16 5 Central X X National Grove-South 16 5 Central X X* DENOTES NEWLY CREATED AREAS TABLE 1