Capital Improvement Plan

North Branch Trail during fall at Miami Woods

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is releasing the DRAFT 2020 Update to the 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for public review and comments. This 5-Year $90 million Plan is significantly pared-down from last year’s update and includes over $35 million in unfunded deferred maintenance to repair or replace portions of the Forest Preserves’ extensive trail system, picnic shelters, fishing dams and other infrastructure. Priority needs also include matching funds for a few grant-supported new amenities. Roughly $50 million in additional new amenities that could benefit County residents 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 $6.8 million in new Construction & Development Funding is proposed in 2020.

Comments can be submitted to planning@cookcountyil.gov until December 15, 2019.  The final version of the 2020 update will be posted in early January 2020.

New capital improvement requests may be submitted here 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.