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Camp Sullivan Activity Barn Now Open

May 25, 2016

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Camp Sullivan on Wednesday, May 24, Forest Preserves of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Commissioners, local elected officials and Forest Preserves General Superintendent Arnold Randall celebrated the grand opening of the new Camp Sullivan Activity Barn in Oak Forest. The historic barn has been transformed into a recreation spot and includes a 28-foot-high indoor rock-climbing wall, suitable for beginner and advanced climbers.


Officials were joined by members of the Sullivan family, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and representatives and members of the public, who were invited to climb the new wall and enjoy a cook out. Additionally, attendees were able to tour the campground, ride bicycles provided by Bike and Roll Chicago, and meet with Swim Chicago Southland’s mascot, Josh the Otter.


“This event allowed us to provide a sampling of what will be available to Forest Preserves’ visitors this summer, especially the new climbing wall at Camp Sullivan,” said Randall. “The Forest Preserves has been striving to connect more people with nature by integrating new programs and amenities, including bike rentals at Dan Ryan Woods and along the North Branch Trail, the Go Ape Tree Adventure and Zip Line Course opening at Bemis Woods, and new programs at our aquatic centers thanks to the Swim Chicago Southland management team.”


To learn more about all there is to see and do in the Forest Preserves is summer, visit A complete listing of all events and programs is posted to the Forest Preserves’ events website at, with seasonal brochures that can be downloaded.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County