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 $104 million 2020 CIP, which covers 2020 to 2024, is significantly scaled back from last year’s update and includes over $30 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.

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.