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Suburban Chicago Park Improves Wheelchair Accessibility with New Trail

Thanks to an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant, Concord Park in South Elgin is set to make improvements to its wheelchair accessible trail providing new access to the entire park trail system. Having found out about the grant only two weeks again, South Elgin Parks and Recreation spent most of today staking out the area in preparation for construction which they hope to begin as soon as possible.

“It’ll definitely open up a variety of facilities that people can access a different way than walking on the sidewalk or the street,” said Jim Reuter, director of South Elgin Parks and Recreation.

Concord Park went through an initial accessibility update last winter when park officials installed a smaller trail loop. Thanks to the grant, park goers will soon enjoy a figure-eight designed trail circling multiple sports fields and providing access to the concession stand from all areas in the park.

 

Trail improvements will cost just under $42,000 (all of which is fully funded) and should be completed later this fall.

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