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#1 - West Ridge Nature Preserve [CLOSED]
West Ridge Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
Note: This area is currently closed due to COVID-19. For more information, please see https://westridgenaturepreserve.org/ Who knew such a jewel, undeveloped for 100 years, existed close to the busy intersection of Peterson and Western Avenues. 20 acres of woods surround a 4-acre pond to watch hawks, herons and foxes as well as spotting the occasional wood duck or coyote. A decade ago plans were in the works to convert this wilderness into a retail area. In 2005, a congressional earmark funded the acquisition of this land from Rosehill Cemetery. The acquired land was transferred to the Chicago Park District in 2011. The park district's renovation has transformed this wilderness into the West Ridge Nature Preserve, an oasis of native flora and fauna.Show more