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 $107 million 5-year plan for 2021 to 2025 includes roughly $28 million in projected spending in 2021 and $48 million in deferred maintenance to repair or replace roofs, mechanical systems, stairs, dams and more. The most urgent of these needs include repairing the Swallow Cliff limestone stairs, repairing five picnic shelters and repaving access roads and trails at up to 30 locations. Limited capital funds will also support new exhibits at Sand Ridge Nature Center and new signs at a few locations.

Roughly $56 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 2021.

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.