Plainfield Park District earns grant for trail improvements

The grant will cover 80% of extension of Old Renwick Trail

The Plainfield Park District earned a state grant which it said will be used to improve its trail connections.

The grant comes from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, according to a news release.

The $384,000 grant will be used to extend Old Renwick Trail connecting the north terminus at River Point Estates to recently-acquired Park District property at the corner of Renwick and River Roads.

The extension will allow for a connection to the Springbank Trail to the north through Mather Woods with further connections to the village of Plainfield’s Settlers Park and on through downtown Plainfield.

The grant covers 80% of the estimated total cost of the $480,000 project.

The Park District will complete the engineering and permitting phase this year and plans to start construction in 2022.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.