Connect Glencoe

Connect Glencoe: Old Green Bay Trail Linear Parks

Connect Glencoe will activate a series of linear parks along Old Green Bay Road. The stretch of land is 0.53 miles (approximately 2,800 feet). The trail will be 10-feet wide with a crushed limestone surface. The overall design was created to accommodate a variety of users, ages, and abilities. It will act as a spine to a recreational multi-use trail that connects to an overall 9-mile trail in four villages.  


The project will connect five separate parks with a meandering path that takes walkers, runners, and bikers through an urban garden of mature trees. The trail will connect users to various gardens, activity amenities, a new playground, an interactive water feature, a sculpture, as well as downtown businesses, the lakefront, and the train station. 

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Connect Glencoe Project Timeline

Recent Updates

Construction Started on Duke Park

New Playground Now Under Construction

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Construction Started on Duke Park

On August 18, construction of the new Duke Park began. Located at the corner of Lincoln and Crescent Drive, the new playground will feature an interactive water feature, a hand-crank train, and a 2-12 year old play area with a poured-in place safety surface. Duke Playground is part of the Connect Glencoe project, a half-mile walking path that will link five parks between Maple Hill and Park Avenue. Along the path, new social spaces, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and new landscaping will be added. In addition to the new playground at Duke Park, the project also includes improvements to the Maple Hill pedestrian crossing and a revitalized Veteran’s Park plaza.

Connect Glencoe is primarily funded through grants and private donations.

Governor Awards OSLAD Grant to Connect Glencoe Project

$400,000 Grant to Help Fund Trail Project

Monday, January 20, 2020
Governor Awards OSLAD Grant to Connect Glencoe Project

Governor JB Pritzker announced $28.9 million in grants for 89 local projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois. The funding includes $400,000 in state monies for Duke Park, the new playground being built in conjunction with the Connect Glencoe trail at the corner of Lincoln Drive and Crescent Drive in Glencoe. 

Connect Glencoe Awarded $667,150 TAP-L Grant

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Connect Glencoe Awarded $667,150 TAP-L Grant

On October 10, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Board of Directors and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee  approved the FFY 2020-2022 locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). The program included $667,150 in grant funding for Connect Glencoe. The Glencoe Park District will use funds towards connect five separate parks with a meandering path that takes walkers, runners, and bikers through an urban garden of mature trees. The trail will connect users to various gardens, activity amenities, a new playground, an interactive water feature, a sculpture, as well as downtown businesses, the lakefront, and the train station. 

 

Lincoln & Crescent Playground Now Duke Park

Board Approves Name Change

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Lincoln & Crescent Playground Now Duke Park

The playground at the corner of Lincoln and Crescent Drive is getting a new name.

 

At the September 17 Board meeting, commissioners unanimously accepted a generous donation from the family of Sherri Takiff Zirlin for the park. The space will now be called Duke Park, in honor of Sherri’s beloved Yorkie Pomeranian.

Board Approves Lincoln Playground Design

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

At the August 20 Board of Commissioners meeting, plans for Lincoln Playground were approved. The approved plan includes group swings, an interactive water feature, a hand-cranked train, plus slides, climbers, and play panels with a poured-in-place safety surface.

Connect Glencoe Awarded $200,000 State Grant

Bike path grants will support development and land acquisition for bike trails in seven counties

Monday, August 12, 2019
Governor JB Pritzker today announced $2.6 million in grants for 16 local projects that will help communities acquire, develop and improve bike path facilities throughout Illinois. Funds for the Bicycle Path Grant Program, administered by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), are for the acquisition of land or development of facilities for bicycle paths. The Bicycle Path Grant Program was approved by the Illinois General Assembly in 1989 and funding comes from a percentage of motor vehicle title fees. The program provides a maximum grant award of $200,000 per application for development projects, with no maximum grant award for acquisition projects. Glencoe Park District was awarded $200,000 for Connect Glencoe, a .53-mile trail that will connect five separate parks to the larger 9-mile Green Bay Trail that links four villages. 

Board Approves Connect Glencoe Architect

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approves a contract with Altamanu to develop construction documents for Connect Glencoe with the intent of breaking ground in the Spring of 2020.  Visit the Connect Glencoe project page for more details.

Connect Glencoe Grant Applications Submitted

Board Refines Phase 1 of Connect Glencoe

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Board of Commissioners decide which Connect Glencoe Master Plan elements should be included in the Phase 1 of construction plans. The Board of Commissioners determines the following elements will be included in the Phase 1 project: multi-use trail, playground, play train, an interactive water feature at Lincoln and Crescent, enhanced trail heads at Park and Maple Hill, activity pods, Veteran's Park improvements, and a play train. 

The Board also finalized which elements will be Park District-funded and which elements will be available for donor/grant funding. Only the multi-use trail, playground, interactive water feature and trail head enhancements are selected for District funding. Other elements will be funded if grants/donations are available.

Staff is then directed to bring a design contract with Altamanu Inc. to the Board for approval.

Connect Glencoe Site Master Plan Approved

Board Directs Staff to Apply for Grants

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Board of Commissioners officially accepts the Master Plan for the Old Green Bay Road Linear Park System. The Phase 1 of the project is dubbed "Connect Glencoe." Via resolutions 892,893, and 894, the Board of Commissioners formally directs staff to apply for three government grants that are applicable to the future Phase 1 Old Green Bay Trail Project.

Board Refines Master Plan into Phased Project

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Board of Commissioners continues to discuss which design elements from the Old Green Bay Road Linear Park Master Plan should be included in Phase 1 of the construction plan.

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