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The New West Ridge Nature Preserve, A Budding Star, Readies for Opening

By Linze Rice | September 2, 2015 5:39am
 Construction is currently underway at the West Ridge Nature Preserve, where Peterson and Western Avenues meet. The 20-acre park will have fishing holes, kayaking, a boardwalk, walking trail and more.
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WEST RIDGE — Nature-loving North Siders may have to wait until mid-September to soak in the serenity at the new West Ridge Nature Preserve along North Western Avenue between Peterson and Bryn Mawr — but vibrant, green grass shows it's clear the uptick in rain causing the park's opening delay has at least been somewhat worth it.

Though the nature center, formerly known as Park No. 568, was first slated to open by Aug. 1 or before, Ald. Patrick O'Connor has said though social media and residential newsletters that weather has caused the park to remain closed until at least part way though September.

"Progress is coming along nicely even though the tremendous amount of rain we have had this summer has made it difficult for the contractors to adhere to the August opening that they had projected," O'Connor said in an email to residents mid-August.

Linze Rice says the much anticipated opening is a few weeks away:

But with the recent demolition of the defunct Rosehill Cemetery water tower and removal of the block-long partition blocking a view of the park's progress, residents hoping to catch a peek of what's to come now finally have a chance.

Check out our slideshow and the photos below to see how the park is evolving.

At the park's entrance, a few bike racks are popping up. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

Asphalt has been poured near the park's main entrance leading up to the boardwalk. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

Grass has grown around the pond-hugging boardwalk, which meanders through the park. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

In the distance is another walking trail leading into the thick of the preserve. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

A scenic section of the boardwalk where benches are available for sitting and spending time near the pond. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

Tiny creeks flow along the boardwalk, though some trees were removed. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

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