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Parks and Recreation

The western suburbs offer recreation opportunities for those who want to spend a day in the great outdoors or a few minutes to enjoy a single option. From our many choices, you might choose to walk on one of the surfaced trails in a forest preserve, ride a bicycle on a pathway that twists and turns in a heavily forested park or canoe on a waterway or lake. There is so much to check out; you will need a few visits.

Salt Creek, I&M Canal and “Centennial Trails” are ideal if you want scenic routes, grassy picnic areas or wide-open exercise spaces. Make it a point to check out our many fishing lakes and ponds including Bullfrog Lake, Belly Deep Slough, Cermak Quarry, Horsetail Lake, Ida Lake, Joe’s Pond, Maple Lake or Papoose Lake. You’ll be happy you brought a camera to record the beauty that defines this area.

It is very common to see wildlife as you drive around our communities. Having so many forest preserve acres and nature centers like Wolf Road Prairie (a very fine birding site) and the Little Red School House (they love to teach kids and adults about the world of nature that surrounds us all), it is easy to become spoiled. The Wolf Road Prairie shows you what our grasslands were like before the settlers arrived and development followed.

The West Suburban area’s park districts also have many events, activities and holiday destinations. Choose from a brisk game of tennis, a pick-up game of basketball, a jog around the track or softer activities with your children or grandchildren in a tot lot. Sometimes doing very little is exactly what the doctor ordered, so go ahead and relax.

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