Capital Improvement Plan

North Branch Trail during fall at Miami Woods

The Forest Preserves of Cook County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a five‐year projection of planned capital improvements to the Forest Preserves’ buildings, trails and infrastructure.

The $121 million five-year plan for 2022 to 2026 includes roughly $34.5 million in projected spending in 2022 primarily for rehabilitation and renewal of existing facilities:

  • Rehabilitating or repaving of eight miles of paved trail and portions of our extensive unpaved trail system.
  • Repaving access roads and parking areas at 23 locations.
  • Inspection of more than 100 bridges.
  • Structural repair of twelve picnic shelters.
  • Replacement of a multi-purpose maintenance building.
  • New entrance signs at three nature centers.
  • New hybrid and electric vehicles.

Roughly $62 million in additional new amenities that could benefit Forest Preserves visitors, but will require new grant funding or partner support, are also included in this report in a separate table. Capital needs continue to outpace available funding. Roughly $7.5 million in new Construction & Development Funding is proposed in 2022.

Contact planning@cookcountyil.gov for questions about the Capital Improvement Plan.


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.