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. While the policy of the district is to keep at least 80 percent of its land in a natural state, close to 20 percent has been developed with education and recreation facilities, including ten golf courses, six nature centers, five camps, three aquatic centers, three visitor and volunteer centers, 43 fishing lakes (with shoreline and dam improvements), over 50 comfort stations, 100 picnic shelters, 110 bridges on over 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails, nearly 300 picnic groves served by parking lots, and dozens of support buildings for Forest Preserves maintenance yards and field offices.

While the Forest Preserves has invested tens of millions of dollars 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 $6 million in new 2019 Construction & Development funds will be used to maintain landscape restoration investment at 2018 levels and to keep existing facilities safe and functioning, and make the preserves more welcoming and accessible at a few key gateway sites.

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.