The goal of the Preserve project is to create a unique passive natural recreation area for our community. The property also presents an opportunity to enhance stormwater storage capacity on the site to help alleviate flooding for our residents, especially those residing in the Skokie River watershed. In the near term, our plans to restore wetland habitat and native vegetation will help with both water quality and in reducing flooding on the site.
The Park District has worked with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and the City of Highland Park to seek grant funding for flood storage areas that would also enhance the natural habitat and enjoyment of the site. We will work in partnership with these agencies to preserve the essence of the natural areas, public spaces and trails being implemented in the community park project.