IDNR Awards Grant For Brunner Forest Preserve Near Algonquin

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This weekend Governor Pat Quinn announced $15.3 million in local park project grants including one to help develop the Brunner Family Forest Preserve just south of Algonquin.  The grants, through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program, covered 45 park projects, most in Northern Illinois

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County won $400,000 for the initial development of 384 acres of the 741-acre Brunner Preserve on Route 31.  Development components include parking, two shelters, trails along the edge of the Fox River, fishing stations, interpretive signs, and habitat/wetland restoration.

The District bought the land five years ago between the 29-acre Buffalo Park Forest Preserve at the south edge of Algonquin and the the 396-acre Fox River Shores Forest Preserve at the north edge of Carpentersville.  The OSLAD program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax on every property sale in Illinois. Grant recipients pay for at least half of the total project cost so the District plans about $800,000 worth of upgrades at the Brunner Preserve.