The new sixty acre Sycamore Forest Preserve, a part of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District, opened October 16, 2017. The former Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park was subject to flooding almost every year, often more than once.
A federal FEMA grant helped acquire the property, relocate residents, remove some roads, all the mobile homes and other structures and remove a sewage treatment plant. Floodplain prairie habitat was planted in the back 30 acres, and the front 30 acres will feature two open-air shelters, new asphalt roads parking and bike trail, picnic areas, hiking/cross-country ski trails and a fishing pond. The Great Western Trail has been extended another half mile west into this new preserve and will be the new trailhead area. The East Branch Kishwaukee River flows along the preserve’s western flank.
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