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Illinois Prairie Path Annual Earth Day Trail Cleanup

April 27, 2013 | 9 am - 12 noon


In observance of Earth Day 2013, The Illinois Prairie Path not-for-profit Corporation, has scheduled their Annual Earth Day Trail Cleanup for Saturday, April 27, rain or shine!

The Illinois Prairie Path each year hopes to clean up as much of the 62 miles of the Priarie Path as possible. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter along the trail. Dress appropriately for weather.

Contact one of the cleanup coordinators listed below:

Aurora Branch/Naperville - Ed Barsotti 630-978-0583 or email: lib@bikelib.org
Elgin Branch/Oliver Suare - Dick and Nancy Wilson 847-299-7882 or email: nancy60018@yahoo.com
Elmhurst - Bob Hoel 630-279-8510 or email bob.hoel@comcast.net
Geneva (Fox River going East) - David Peterson 630-232-2153 or email: dw-peterson-pe@ieee.org
Glen Ellyn - Michael Strong 630-547-5203 or email: mstrong@glenellyn.org
Lombard - David Gorman 630-620-5700 or email: publicworks@villageoflombard.org
Maywood/Bellwood - Maywood/Bellwood - Lennel Grace 708-244-1673 or email: lennelgracejr@gmail.com
Villa Park - Pride Commission 630-592-6052 or email: tchan.bauer@gmail.com
Warrenville - Jennifer McMahon 630-514-3040 or email: mcmahon2635@comcast.net
West Chicago/Geneva Spur - Scott Hensey 630-231-8261 or email: scott.hensey@gmail.com
Wheaton - Tracy Vought 630-260-2870 or email: tgasiel_vought@yahoo.com
Winfield - Erik Spande 630-871-6640 or email: erik.spande@comcast.net

History: The Illinois Prairie Path was created in 1964 through a nationally pioneering effort to convert abandoned rail lines in Elmhurst, Wheaton, Aurora, and Elgin into recreation trail use. Today, the Prairie Path has become a link in a much larger regional trail system that is touted as a quality-of-life amenity in traffic-congested DuPage County. 

Openlands' Involvement: One of Openlands' first projects was to help organize citizen support for the Illinois Prairie Path. Openlands acted as an advisor to the citizens organization and provided many professional and clerical staff services. 

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