2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is pleased to present the FINAL 2018 Update to the 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is a five year projection of $122 million in capital improvement needs for forest preserve buildings, campgrounds, trails, other recreation facilities and infrastructure. While the Forest Preserves has invested tens of millions in 2012 and 2015 bond funds to address life safety, accessibility and urgent building and site repairs since 2013, there is still a $30 million backlog of high priority deferred maintenance needs. Roughly $11.3 million in new 2018 Construction & Development funds will be used to maintain landscape restoration investment at 2017 levels and to keep existing facilities safe and functioning, and make the preserves more welcoming and accessible at a few key gateway sites.


Projects in the 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan were identified by District staff, partner organizations, stewardship and recreation groups. As in the past years, many projects were the result of comprehensive plans and assessments. In 2018, the focus shifts to landscape restoration work by the Resource Management Department which comprises the largest category of new capital spending with $3.9 million allocated for this mission-critical work. New capital improvement requests can be submitted through the link below and will be evaluated on a rolling basis for inclusion in future annual updates.

Requests for New or Improved Facilities, Amenities & Infrastructure

Learn about the process for requesting new or improved buildings, trails, recreation facilities or infrastructure and make specific requests.

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