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Opening the doors to the Forest Preserves


Driving throughout Cook County, you’ve likely become familiar with the red and white signs indicating Forest Preserves property. They’re found on corners, at parking lot entrances, at FPCC buildings and other places throughout the preserves. But what do those signs mean, and what do the sites actually offer residents and visitors?

The Forest Preserves recently released a Gateway Master Plan, with the goal of turning some of the sites of those familiar signs into a “front door” for the Forest Preserves that will encourage people to take advantage of the natural open space available throughout the county…Read more here.

The Gateway Master Plan was made possible, in part, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Healthy HotSpot initiative led by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Healthy HotSpot initiative aims to build healthy places in suburban Cook County that make healthy living easier through community partnerships.  More than $200,000 has supported the Gateway design process. The Forest Preserve Foundation also provided an additional $51,000 towards the Gateway initiative.

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