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PERKINS WOODS TRAIL RENEWED AND READY

The deteriorating asphalt trail in Perkins Woods has been removed and a bright new trail of crushed granite is ready for walkers and nature lovers. One of Evanston's outdoor treasures, 7-acre Perkins Woods is our only Cook County Forest Preserve.

A major controversy over asphalt vs. crushed stone was resolved when Cook Cty Commissioner Larry Suffredin decided the issue in favor of the environmentalists.

The woods are a major area for bird watchers and a stopping place for many migratory birds.

Four days after the trail opened a few months ago a work truck mistakenly drove in and wrecked the sides of the trail, which had to be redone. At the same time a tasteful and decorous split rail fence was put up so no further vehicles could enter.

Some flooding is evident now in the lower sections of the woods but the trail remains high and pristine. A Work Day is scheduled for Sat. May 3 from 9 am until noon to get rid of garlic mustard and do some cleanup. To volunteer please email Libby Hill at libbyhill@comcast.net.

Dogs are welcome in Perkins but they must be on a leash--there is a surprising amount of wildlife in the woods. Let us all enjoy the renewal of this fine resource.

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Steph Pollini April 19, 2014 at 09:42 AM
I've lived in this area for years and never even knew about this place. I'm glad the City is taking care of it.
Kelly Dougherty April 19, 2014 at 01:17 PM
I've lived in Evanston for almost 17 years and I never knew about it either. I'll have to check it out.
jim April 19, 2014 at 01:30 PM
makes three of us.

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