Park Improvement and Leadership

Park Improvements

Finish asphalting parking lot.


Build a Shower  house / restroom next to the campground area


Enlarge electric entrance to cabin / future camp ground


Hook up the old 1960’s bowling alley fountain in the future garden


Covered Bridge


2 lane asphalt road to cabin / campground


More picnic tables


More grills


Raise ADA path to grills by pavilion


Receptacles & lights in pavilion Play ground equipment



Internet at pavilion


Fern garden


RV campground planning


Horizontal boring between

primitive campgrounds.


Lighted walk paths 8′ – 10′ antique street lamps


Dredge / clean the silt out of the lakes


Small pavilion N/E corner of park.


Memorial sundial, shrub maze, stones with names on them.


8′ wide board walk over water with 16′ x 25′ patio area in middle of lake


Security cameras

Grant and Leadership Projects

2010 Leadership Project

Each Leadership group chose a community project to Graduate from the Leadership program. The 2010 group consisted of:


  • Michael L Garrard

  • Cassie Hill

  • Mike Higgins

  • Robert Quick

  • Tasha Briggs


This Leadership group chose to build an ADA accessible 600′ walking path and a 33′ walk bridge for the new Crawford County Forest Preserve as their project. They decided upon these projects because they felt that it is very important to experience nature for both physical and mental health reasons. The leadership group had a fundraiser to pay for their project. Below are the donors. Thank you for all of your help! Donors include:


  • $1000 level

  • Quality Housing, LLC

  • Gerald L and Myra Bilyew

  • an Anonymous Private Donor

  • AFSCME Local 3649

  • $500 level

  • Marathon Petroleum Company, LLC

  • Fraternal Order of Eagles 3329

  • Bradford Supply Company

  • Robinson Kiwanis Club


  • $250 level

  • Crawford Memorial Hospital

  • J. W. Collins Clearing and Excavating, INC

  • Robinson Family Dental Clinic, Dr. Andrew Sowel


Misc. Level (less than $250.00) the Oblong Food Center, INC

IGA Tracy Weber Steven L and Rita Diel - Thank you!


2009 Crawford County Forest Preserve grant projects

paid for by Open Space Lands Acquisition

and Development (OSLAD):

  • 1. Prefabricated bathroom

  • 2. Pavilion

  • 3. 600′ asphalt walk path.

  • 4. Asphalt ADA portion of parking lot

  • 5. 16′ X 24′ aluminum fishing dock with 20′ gangplank

  • 6. Water line & septic tank for restrooms.

  • 7. Electric entrance.

  • 8. Additional 600′ asphalt walk path.

  • 9. 15 picnic tables – made by Eagle Scout Andrew Scott

  • 10. 5 Grills – made by Lincoln Trail College welding class.

  • 11. Wooden walk bridge over creek. Eagle Scout Zackary Hays.

  • 12. Electric circuit, fountain to run on Forest Preserve utilities. Water aeration