Pope Co., Illinois Recreation Area Receives Funding for Repairs and Maintenance

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POPE COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) – The Shawnee National Forest announced that the Lake Glendale Recreation Area has been selected to receive funding under the Great American Outdoors Act.

They said several rehabilitation projects will take place over a four-year period to address a backlog of repairs and maintenance in the recreation area.

“In addition to meeting much of the deterrent maintenance needs of the Lake Glendale Recreation Area, the selected projects will enhance the visitor experience and improve safety and accessibility for people with disabilities for many years to come. “said Chad Deaton, recreation program manager on the Shawnee. State forest.

As of fall 2021, the following projects are planned:

Lake Glendale – Phase 1

  • Construction of power lines that serve picnic areas and campgrounds on Lake Glendale
  • Construction of new washrooms at Duck Bay and Goose Bay picnic areas

Lake Glendale – Phase 2

  • Restoration of Historic Picnic Shelters in Duck Bay and Goose Bay
  • New restrooms at Pine Point Picnic Area

Lake Glendale – Phase 3

  • Construction of new showers at Oak Point Campground
  • Construction of a new beach house
  • lake dredging

Lake Glendale – Phase 4

  • Resurfacing of all roads in the recreation area
  • Replacement of camping equipment (tables, fire pits, camping mats)
Repairs needed at the Duck Bay refuge.(Shawnee National Forest)

According to a statement from the Shawnee National Forest, they hope visits to the recreation area will increase once maintenance is complete. They said the project will also bring economic benefits to communities in the area through increased use of contractors and materials for construction work.

The forestry projects are part of the $285 million investment through the new National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, created in 2020 by the Great American Outdoors Act.

The money will allow the USDA Forest Service to implement more than 500 infrastructure improvement projects.

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