Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Two Oak Forest residents spotted the three birds of prey, which are thought to be different from the Bald Eagles currently nesting in nearby Palos, Dec. 10 on W. 149th Street.
Oak Forest residents noticed a few American icons soaring through the air Monday, near the 4900 block of W. 149th Street, one block west of Cicero Avenue. Three bald eagles were seen perched in a tree near resident Debbie Lindsey's home. Lindsey and her sister-in-law Dolores Rosales, spotted the eagles as they were driving to Lindsey's home. “Came home to eagles flying over my car and landing in a tree across the street,” Lindsey wrote, in an email to Patch. “A truly magnificent sight.” Rosales told Patch that after she left Lindsey's home, she went to a cancer center where her photos of the birds of prey made her a mini-celebrity for the day. “I was so excited about the eagles I took the pictures with me to a cancer center and everyone …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Bremen Grove Off-Lease Dog Park opened Nov. 17 to Cook County and non-Cook County residents. The park is open from dawn til dusk daily, and features separate areas for large and small dogs.
Those excited barks and yips you hear from your furry pal who wants to go out and run around uninhibited by a leash? Consider them a thing of the past, thanks to the opening of the Bremen Grove Dog Park, located near 159th Street on Oak Park Avenue, on Nov. 17. “It's a soft opening,” said Alderman Laura Clemons, who is also chairperson for the Bark For A Park Comittee. “They're planning on having a larger, grand opening in the spring.” The dog park, which features two separate areas for large and small dogs, sits on seven acres of land in Bremen Grove, which is controlled by the Cook County Forest Preserve District. The off-leash dog park is one of two such areas operated within the county, with the other located in Des Plaines. Previously…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Bark For Your Park Committee held an open meeting Aug. 27, at Oak Forest's City Hall to discuss the soon-to-open dog park and take suggestions from residents on what exactly the park should offer.
It's nearly time to bust out the leashes and head to the new dog park in Oak Forest, near 160th and Oak Park Avenue. But, there's still a few weeks of planning and construction that must be completed before the park opens, in late September or October. While work—including pouring a concrete patio area and installing fencing—is still ongoing, Alderman Laura Clemons led a Bark for Your Park committee meeting on Aug. 27, to outline the progress on the park. “We've been surveying, the fence is just about up, they've split it, they've framed out the concrete patio and they've laid the cement for the posts for the gated in-and-out,” Clemons said. More than 30 people attended the meeting, which also featured a fluid flow of suggestions from …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Cook County Forest Preserve District wants to greatly expand camping. Read the details, and register your views in public hearings today and Thursday. You can also email them.
How would you like to go camping without the long drive to get there? The Forest Preserve District of Cook County has drafted a plan to greatly expand camping facilities, including renovating and constructing cabins, bunkhouses and a lodge, a new Camp Pine Woods in Northbrook along the Des Plaines River, and more. It would also expand camping to adults and families; currently only organized youth groups, such as Scouts, can use the three overnight camps. Read the draft plan, which is in a conceptual stage, at fpdcc.com/camping. Then make your comments to Forest Preserve District officials Wednesday and Thursday at these times and locations (The plan will be finalized in October after public comments are heard, the FPDCC noted…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Patch readers are divided on whether changes planned for the Oak Forest Preserve will enhance the space—or ruin it. What's your take?
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Cook County Forest Preserve District is planning major renovations to the Oak Forest Heritage Preserve, located adjacent to the Oak Forest Medical Center. Work will begin in the fall of 2012.
The 170-plus acres of forest preserve land adjacent to the Oak Forest Medical Center are about to get a facelift thanks to the Cook County Forest Preserve District. The forest preserve district unveiled its Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Master Plan Aug. 14. Plans include: “The Oak Forest Heritage Preserve is a unique public space, unlike any other in the County,” said Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, in a press release. “The ideas proposed in the Master Plan will celebrate the rich historic, cultural and ecological significance of the site, while providing our residents with opportunities to understand and enjoy it.” Once settled by Native Americans, the preserve's historical and vegetative …