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Posted on: July 26, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Illinois Prairie Path Trailhead Celebrated with a Grand Opening

Illinois Prairie Path Trailhead Path ribbon cutting ceremony in front of City Hall.

The Illinois Prairie Path Trailhead project is officially open following a ribbon cutting ceremony July 27. Mayor Brummel cut the ribbon, after thanking everyone who played a role:

  • Ald. Bill Weidner, who initiated the idea
  • Warrenville City Council
  • Former City of Warrenville Community and Economic Development Director Ron Mentzer
  • City of Warrenville Senior Engineer Kristine Hocking, who led the project to completion
  • The Trailhead Work Group, consisting of representatives from the Illinois Prairie Path Association, Warrenville taxing districts, and community partners
  • DuPage County Department of Transportation, which allowed the City to put the project on their property

The project improves a section of the Illinois Prairie Path at Illinois Route 56 and Batavia Road. 

Key elements of the project include:

  • A permanent bathroom facility
  • A covered picnic shelter area
  • A drinking fountain
  • A bike repair station and bike racks
  • A seating area and informational kiosk
  • Space for community events

Other work included:

  • Relocating walkway lighting
  • Updating site furnishings 
  • Landscaping
  • Relocating the existing butterfly garden 

The project was the result of intergovernmental cooperation and partnership with outside organizations. Grants and outside funding helped pay for the project:

  • Surface Transportation Program funding (federal grant)
  • Illinois Prairie Path Association ($23,000 specific to the IPP Founders Memorial honoring the historical founders of the Prairie Path)
  • ComEd, which provided a $10,000 grant for the pollinator garden
  • Use of developer park donations to cover the City's portion of the project

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