Thursday, February 7
Volunteers presented to the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn to raise awareness and garner signatures.
Thank you to Steve Johnson for organizing!
Thursday, January 24
Trail supporter Ginger Wheeler spoke at Keller Williams Chamber of Commerce Day to talk to area realtors and members of the public about the area's bike trails and especially what is planned: namely the East Branch DuPage River Trail. Watch the video.
Thank you to Realtor Beth Gorz for organizing!
Village of Glen Ellyn's draft comprehensive plan mentions EBDRT, noting the trail will be a key north/south connector in the community. Village of Glen Ellyn is set to approve the 20-year comprehensive plan in the near future ?
Review the draft plan here: https://hlplanning-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/p/bnolin/EYkkIxPlJhlCswCjMqK9zBMBFnM_aqVc6r1B8Rrw5yT6QA?e=lOAXQv
Add your comments about potential bicycle lanes in downtown Glen Ellyn to encourage planners to move forward with this "Must Do" idea at the "Your Municipal" website (Must create a log-in to add a comment).
On January 22, 2019, East Branch Trail supporters organized a well-attended community meeting featuring community advocates and trail supporters as well as elected officials and staff from a variety of governmental entities. Included were
- DuPage County
- Village of Glen Ellyn
- Butterfield Park District
- Glen Ellyn Park District
- Valley View Homeowners association
- Butterfield East Homeowners Association
Thank You To So Many: 2018 Has Been A Great Year of Success!
Trail supporters would like to offer congratulations to the many many people who have supported this effort and a word of thanks to all the following:
- Thousands of people who have signed a petition online (but we need even more signatures so keep sharing and ask your friends and family to sign it too)
- Hundreds who have signed up for our mailing list
- Dozens and dozens of people who have come out to show their support in person at events where the topic of the EBDRT was discussed over that past year including:
- DuPage County Transportation open houses
- DuPage County Forest Preserve listening sessions to form their upcoming Master Plan
- See objective 2.2
- Village of Glen Ellyn planning council meeting (as Glen Ellyn is reviewing and finalizing its 2020-2040 Comprehensive Plan: Watch the progress here)
- Bike/Walk Lombard (Active Transportation Alliance) Social
- Field trip and bike parade
- Bike to Work with Dan Cronin
- Several community groups have invited supporters to speak at their meetings or have shared the information about the trail with their own followers/supporters or allowed supporters to be visible at an event they were hosting including:
- The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn
- Active Transportation Alliance
- The Sierra Club (River Prairie Group)
- The Elmhurst Bike Club
- The Illinois Prairie Path Board
- Glenbard West Cross County Team
- Glen Ellyn Running Club
- This Run's for Jack
- The Glen Ellyn Park District
- The Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission
- Sustain DuPage and its EC3 group
- Ride Illinois!
Thank You to Our Community Leaders
No progress could be made without the support and leadership of elected officials already serving in government. These include:
- DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin
- DuPage County Forest Preserve President Joe Cantore
- Dupage County Board District 4 representative Tim Elliott
- DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner District 4 Tim Whelan
- Glen Ellyn Village President Diane McGinley
- Glen Ellyn Board Trustee Bill Enright
Please send notes of thanks to these people and/or thank them when/if you see them
This list of supporters and people coming together to make this trail happen is long and we thank some people at the risk of failing to mention everyone. If we failed to mention you and your contribution, please know that your help and support is greatly appreciated and nothing can happen without that continued support.(and that volunteers are doing the best they can to keep track of everyone who has helped but the numbers are getting harder and harder to keep track of which is a great problem to have because we need huge numbers in order to get the trail completed.)
While there has been success, and we are celebrating a great start with money in 2019 budgets, we still have to go down a long path (pun intended) before the actual trail can be completed.
Collaboration and working together for the good of all is going to be an essential component and your continued support is going to be needed. So please stay tuned to this website as progress continues and needs arise for your help, assistance, support and action.
DuPage County, the DuPage County Forest Preserve and the Village of Glen Ellyn have each voted on and passed their 2019 respective budgets which includes money to kickstart the construction process of initiating grant funding for the East Branch DuPage River Trail in a display of intergovernmental cooperation. Taking the lead, DuPage County has asked for statements of interest from engineering firms. The due date for submitting a statement of interest on the project is December 20, 2018. The county will select a a firm to complete the Phase I engineering in the spring."
On October 23, DuPage County and the DuPage County Forest Preserve and the Village of Glen Ellyn each pledged their support for the East Branch DuPage River Greenway Trail along with a cumulative $160,000 toward it's feasibility study and eventual construction.
Press releases stating the fact are linked above.
The funding and support is a result of the actions of many, many elected officials and citizens who are are interested in seeing this long-planned, but never funded project reach completion for the benefit of future generations. Keep reading to see how this happened:
Saturday, November 10
Trail supporters were at HealthTrack Sports Wellness participating in HealthTrack's vendor fair to share information about the East Branch DuPage River Trail with members.9:00 a.m.- NoonHealthTrack Sports Wellness875 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn
Many thanks to HealthTrack for the invitation
Sunday, November 4
At the Illinois Prairie Path annual meeting Sid Kenyon, senior transportation planner and trail planning director for DuPage County, talked about the East Branch DuPage River Trail. More signatures were collected and excitement for the eventual completion of the trail continues to build.
Saturday, November 3
Trail supporters were visible at Ackerman Park Open House in Glen Ellyn where, due to their efforts, nearly 30 people learned about the East Branch DuPage River Trail and signed the petition. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition! Please share and spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors.
Thursday, October 25
Trail supporters attended the Glen Ellyn Plan Commission meeting to make remarks and show their support for keeping mentions of the East Branch DuPage River Trail in the 2020-2040 Comprehensive Plan they are developing. The draft version of the plan mentions the trail several times and is based on surveys of citizens who have been asking for this trail to be completed.
Learn more about the development of the Glen Ellyn 2020-2040 Comprehensive Plan
Thursday, October 18
DuPage County Board District 4 Representative Tim Elliott spoke at a community meeting (Open to the public) hosted by the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn. Trail supporters were there wearing their I❤️EBDRT flag pins.
Trail supporters attended a transportation infrastructure briefing and panel discussion, after which candidate Sean Casten (Ill. 6th Congressional District) took a few minutes to learn more about the East Branch DuPage River Trail and pledge his support for the project.
Saturday, August 25
Libby and Ginger meet with other trail advocates to talk about their work advocating for the East Branch DuPage River Trail at the invitation of Active Transportation Alliance at their 2018 Bike Trail Summit at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn.
Supporters of the East Branch DuPage River Trail met with Congressman Peter Roskam, of the lllinois 6th District to raise awareness and garner his support for the project. The Congressman pledged his support and signed the petition.
June 26, 2018
DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin pledges his support for the East Branch DuPage River Trail during his annual bike to work event.
June 26, 2018
DuPage County Board member Tim Elliott, DuPage County Forest Preserve Board member Tim Whelan, and representatives of Glen Ellyn, Lombard and Commonwealth Edison meet to plan next steps for funding and updating the engineering feasibility study of the EBDRT.
June 16, 2018
Bike Parade to future intersection of East Branch Trail and Prairie Path. More signatures added to the petition from fellow bikers & runners.
Volunteers connect with DuPage County Forest Preserve District 4 Representative Tim Whelan. Ball is rolling!