Planning Process in Place for Cook County’s Oak Forest Health Center Preserve Site

In late 2011, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County retained a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team led by Conservation Design Forum (CDF) to develop a master plan for the recently acquired site, which is east of the Oak Forest Health Center (OFHC). Recently, the plan team held a “public workshop”, the first of three meetings to solicit public comments, and to keep the Southland community informed on Plan progress.

The site is rich in archeological and cultural history, and has been part of the OFHC (and previous hospital) campus for 100 years. These unique connections will be a central focus of the Plan, along with ecological and recreational recommendations that will be developed for the Preserve. So, an interactive, community-focused planning and design process has begun, which substantial input from those who attended the recent public meeting in the OFHC Auditorium. The next public meeting will be announced on the CCHHS website.

The project team includes Midwest Archeological Research Services, Inc., Bluestone + Associates Inc., Environmental Design International, and Primera Engineers. Client partners are the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and Cook County Real Estate Management Division.