Lake Chaminwood has become a reality. The plan was first developed in 1999. The property was composed of abandoned sand mines. The Forest Preserve is named for the three communities that surround the park - Channahon, Minooka, and Shorewood. The park is between the Dupage River and the Illinois and Michigan Canal State Park, providing a great continuous open space and trail connecting Joliet to LaSalle Peru.
Rules for a Successful Open Space Project 1. Develop a simple plan 2. Develop a good map and graphic 3. Come up with an attractive name 4. Try to get land owners interested in a partial donation
5. Develop political support. 6. Build coalitions. 7. Acquire and improve the park.
Thanks to Minooka Village Administrator James Grabowski for updating us on this development. The park is now open and very nice. We appreciate the elected officials and citizens who helped make this happen. And thanks to the Minooka Village Board for their leadership and support.
** Funny story. I visited the park for the first time last year and was pleased with how it was developed. I snapped a few photos, including photos of the nice playground and the kids who were happily playing. One of the mothers came over and demanded to know why I was photographing her kids? I explained that I planned the park and was glad to see it developed. And then got out of town quickly.