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Lakewood Forest Preserve
2016 Olympics

January, 2007


Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 1:00 p.m.

Olympics at Lakewood?





Lake Count Board Meeting


After months of secret planning, the Forest Preserves have only given us one week to weigh in. As you can see, the plan turns a quiet Forest Preserve into a massive spectator sport complex.


While much of it could be removed after the Olympic Games, consider the construction and unavoidable impacts of:

  • 280 stall barn

  • 15,000 seat stadium

  • Olympic-sized arena

  • Paddocks

  • Steeple-chase course

  • Restrooms

  • Roads

  • Concessions

  • 200,000 visitors

  • Media

The Board will vote whether to agree to the Chicago 2016 Olympic Exploratory Committee's terms, but so far the secret planning has been ON THEIR  TERMS.


Set in a quiet, rural setting, Lakewood Forest Preserve supports pristine land, 17 endangered species (including nesting Sandhill Cranes), a bat colony, is an important way-station for migratory birds and includes a U.S. National Natural Landmark.

Come and ask:

  • Why Palos Hills Cook County FPD said no, but LC FPD thinks we should "donate our land" so the Olympics and developers can cash in?

  • How long would construction and deconstruction take?

  • How much blacktop and rooftop would be left behind?

  • Who's paying for this FPD planning effort?

  • Would there be any benefits to our Forest Preserves for wildlife?

  • Why not on private land, or FAP432 land owned by IDOT?

  • Traffic?

  • Development impacts in surrounding rural Lake County?

Click here for the County's meeting Agenda and Directions.

Click here to see how the LCFPD is promoting this development.

10th Floor
County Building
18 North County Street
Waukegan , IL 60085


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