The Village of Skokie was awarded a grant through the Model Communities Grant Program to prepare plans for the Skokie Valley Trail to be located along the ComEd right-of-way from Oakton Street south to the Village of Lincolnwood limits. The Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control through the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago.
The intent of the grant was to make suburban Cook County a healthier place to live, work, and play. This grant was supplemented with $32,000 of Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds.
A concept plan was presented to the Appearance Commission and Village Board in 2011. During plan preparation, the Village was awarded a grant through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Grant Program to construct this southernmost segment of the Skokie Valley Trail.
This segment will connect to the segment north of Oakton Street, constructed in Spring 2012 on abandoned Union Pacific right-of-way, and the segment to the south of the Village limits, currently being designed by the Village of Lincolnwood. When all trail segments are complete, the Skokie Valley Trail will connect Chicago to Waukegan.
Please submit questions about the Village's bicycle facility planning efforts to Carrie Haberstich.