The Raceway Woods trail near Carpentersville in Kane County will receive a 1.5 mile expansion, a deal unanimously approved by Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners.
The trail will now continue up the middle of the old racetrack course at the site, according to the Daily Herald. The current area is accompanied by a thick-treed forest preserve, but is badly littered with a lot of graffiti and needs a renovation, the detailed plan states.
A local bike group, the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMB), has been working with the forest preserve to clean up the woods and maintain the existing course. They also have provided money for the expansion, and the agreement calls for them to fund $10,000 for the project. CAMB will also provide an additional $5,000 for maintenance and $5,000 to improve the parking area.
“During any particular day you will see hikers, dog walkers, trail runners and mountain bikers of all ages participating in outdoor activities,” Mike Angus, regional director for the CAMB, told the Daily Herald.
“Raceway Woods was once a forgotten forest preserve. It is now a go-to destination for many who enjoy the outdoors. Many other land managers can learn from this success. It is what people are looking for.”
Since 2012, there have been three other additions to the popular trail; originally a 1.1-mile loop, the course received a 0.2-mile add on in 2014, and in 2015 another 0.7 miles was added.