Hitchcock Design Group led a consultant team to transform the former Vulcan Materials industrial mining property into a recreational amenity—and a source of revenue—for the City of Crystal Lake. The four-year project involved converting an under utilized, dual quarry (previously known as “Vulcan Lakes”) into a recreational area to serve generations to come. 

Hitchcock Design Group created the master plan for a new beach, playground, boat rental marina, island boardwalk, and a 2,000 square-foot pavilion that serves as the project centerpiece. Approximately 28 acres of restorative native plantings were added to complement bioswales and other unique ecosystem features. After developing the North and South lakes for recreational fishing and boating, designers created a series of auxiliary picnic shelters for family and corporate outings. A three-mile, multi-use trail with an interpretative boardwalk that leads to a peninsula neatly ties the entire system together.  



Three Oaks 
Recreation Area

LOCATION
Crystal Lake, Illinois

​CLIENT
City of Crystal Lake

SIZE
450 acres

TEAM
SRBL Architects
Civiltech Engineering
Hey & Associates
Baird & Associates
Primera Engineers
Featherstone, Inc.

AWARDS
ILASLA Honor Award, 2011
APWA Project of the Year, 2010



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