West Ridge Nature Preserve

West Ridge Nature Preserve was purchased from Rosehill Cemetery by the City of Chicago and turned over to the Chicago Park District with the goal of improving the site for passive recreation use. The funding for this project was derived from a federal SAFETEA-LU grant. The 20.5-acre property is primarily wooded, contains a four-acre lagoon and rolling topography from years of spoil piles from cemetery uses. Improvements to the site include invasive tree removal and site clearing, an accessible trail/boardwalk around the lagoon, drainage improvements, shoreline restoration, fishing stations, wildlife viewing stations, new utilities, grading improvements, landscape and habitat restoration, granite columns and seating areas. Hitchcock Design Group led the multi-disciplinary project team.

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