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 project involved converting an under-utilized, dual quarry (previously known as “Vulcan Lakes”) into a recreational area to serve as a destination location for generations to come. After creating the master plan, Hitchcock Design Group developed and implemented the design for a new beach, playground, boat rental marina, island boardwalk, and a 2,000 square-foot pavilion that serves as the centerpiece for the site. 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, a series of auxiliary picnic shelters were developed 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.