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Forest Preserve board OKs Romeoville and Crest Hill projects, accepts foundation donation

Nature Foundation of Will County representatives present a $10,000 donation on June 13 to the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The money will be used for a pollinator garden at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville. From left to right are: Forest Preserve and foundation board members Meta Mueller and Rachel Ventura; foundation board member Laurie McPhillips and Chairwoman Jamie Donovan; Forest Preserve board President Laurie Summers; Forest Preserve Chief Operating Officer Ralph Schultz; and foundation Executive Director Cindy Harn.
Nature Foundation of Will County representatives present a $10,000 donation on June 13 to the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The money will be used for a pollinator garden at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville. From left to right are: Forest Preserve and foundation board members Meta Mueller and Rachel Ventura; foundation board member Laurie McPhillips and Chairwoman Jamie Donovan; Forest Preserve board President Laurie Summers; Forest Preserve Chief Operating Officer Ralph Schultz; and foundation Executive Director Cindy Harn.

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board of Commissioners approved two contracts and accepted a donation during the June 13 monthly meeting.

Isle a la Cache preserve improvements: A contract totaling $794,907 was awarded to D Construction for improvements at  Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville. The work includes construction of a 150-person picnic shelter, a new latrine, parking lot rehabilitation, new walkways, landscaping and other amenities.

Renwick Road sidewalk addition: Also approved was a $62,081 contract with PT Ferro Construction Company for the creation of a sidewalk on the south side of Renwick Road in Crest Hill.

The sidewalk will connect Borio Drive and the Arbor Glen subdivision with the trail at  Prairie Bluff Preserve. The new connection will create a safer route for subdivision residents who want to access the preserve’s trail.

The City of Crest Hill contributed to the cost of the project and the sidewalk is being built on Arbor Glen Homeowners Association land.

Pollinator garden donation: The board accepted a $10,000 donation from The Nature Foundation of Will County to help pay for a pollinator garden at Isle a la Cache preserve.

The money was raised during the non-profit group’s seventh annual “Bringing Nature Home” native plant sale held in May.

The garden was installed recently and unveiled June 8 at the preserve’s annual “Island Rendezvous.” The garden will not only benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators, it will provide “beauty, enjoyment and endless learning opportunities to the museum’s visitors for years to come,” said foundation Chairwoman Jamie Donovan.

This is the third check presented by the foundation so far in 2019. The two previous donations totaled $15,780 and are being used for nature education and arts and interpretation programs.

For more information on Forest Preserve District of Will County programs and events, visit ReconnectWithNature.org and sign up for the weekly digital newsletter, The Citizen.

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