Our Progress

2019

December 4

Active Transportation Alliance Annual Meeting

Attended to support more active transportation (i.e. does not involve cars) such as biking, walking and even scooter sharing and public transportation is invited to attend.

Many thanks to Active Transportation Alliance for all they have done to make the East Branch Trail a reality. If you are not a member, and you're reading this, you really should consider joining!


November 19

Volunteers showed up, attended and spoke during public comments at the Forest Preserve of DuPage County's Board of Commissioner's meeting. Watch the video (skip ahead to 7:32 to see our public comments).

Many thanks to volunteers who attended, the entire board of commissioners, and especially District 4 commissioner Tim Whelan who has been championing the EBDRT tirelessly for the past two years!


Sunday, November 3

Volunteers were at at the Illinois Prairie Path annual meeting where Sid Kenyon, trail coordinator for DuPage County, and Mark Decker, landscape architect of the DuPage County Forest Preserve, both referred to the East Branch DuPage River Trail as an important and top priority project for their respective agencies during each of their presentations to the group.

Many thanks to the entire Illinois Prairie Path board, and particularly to board president Erik Spande and director Dennis Terdy, for the continued and unwavering support of the EBDRT project.


Saturday, November 2

Volunteers were at the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center to raise awareness and collect petition signatures during the Ackerman Open House.

Many thanks to Renee Frigo, Glen Ellyn Park District, for this opportunity and invitation.


October 20

Volunteers helped out at the This Runs for Jack to educate runners and walkers about trail progress, collect petition signatures and cheer on the participants


Many thanks to Sharon Marston, Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund, for this opportunity and invitation.


October 10

Volunteers presented to the Butterfield Park District board of commissioners.

Many thanks to the Larry Reiner, executive director, Butterfield Park District for this opportunity and invitation.


October

Check out the article in Glen Ellyn Living magazine about the East Branch DuPage River Trail. This is great publicity for the trail and all the work being done by so many people to make the trail a dream-come-true.

Kudos to all volunteers who made this happen and Glen Ellyn Living magazine.


Many thanks to Allison Kile, publisher of Glen Ellyn Living magazine for devoting valuable space to the East Branch DuPage River Trail.

October 3

Volunteers hosted a Walk/Bike social in Lombard at The Corner House, a delightful coffee shop and restaurant, co-sponsored by Active Transportation Alliance. Plenty of fun was had and lots of great connections were made to made the connecting bike trail even that much more closer to reality!

Many thanks to the Corner House for allowing us to meet at their lovely location: Perfect for a meet up of bike/walk/hike/run friends!


October 10

Volunteers presented to the Butterfield Park District board of directors. Butterfield Park District is an important partner in the trail creation as it will link several of their parks!


Thank you to Executive Director Larry Reiner for the invitation!

September 18

Volunteers presented to the Wheaton Bicycle Commission at Wheaton City Hall.

Thank you to Steve Johnson of Copresco for organizing this presentation.


September 18

Volunteers presented to the Central DuPage Kiwanis Club about the East Branch DuPage River Trail

Thank you to Steve Johnson of Copresco for organizing this presentation.


September 12

Volunteers presented to the Elmhurst Bike Club

Many thanks to Kim and Steve Johnson for this opportunity and invitation.


August 29

Volunteers met with Congressman Sean Casten


Many thanks to Active Transportation Alliance invitation.


August 10

Volunteers collected petition signatures at the 5th Annual Wheaton Bike Festival

Many thanks to Libby A'Hearn for doing this


August 10

Volunteers collected signatures in front of the Sweet Street Candies & Goodies shop asking pedestrians strolling the Lombard Cruise Night to sign the petition. Many did!

Many thanks to Belinda Mahon for this invitation. Thank Caron and Dan Jones and Patti Denney for helping!


August 8

East Branch DuPage River Trail Advocates participated in the Environmental Town Hall hosted by State Representative Terra Costa Howard and the Illinois Environmental Council.

Many thanks to State Representative Terra Costa Howard for this invitation


August 7

Volunteers addressed the Glen Ellyn Kiwanis.

Many thanks to Steve Johnson of Copressco for this invitation


August 2-3

Volunteers worked with cyclists who are participated in Partners In Mission Bike to the Lake to sign the petition.

Many thanks to Gary Alcock for this invitation and for Steve Johnson for his help gathering signatures.


July 24

Decision makers who represent multiple governmental bodies with jurisdictions that can accommodate the East Branch DuPage River Bike Trail route met to discuss and plan the trail route and how barriers to success may be overcome. Many thanks to DuPage County for taking the lead to accomomdate so many busy schedules and agendas for this important meeting. Governmental bodies working together for the good of the public and the citizens!

July 20, 23, 26 2019

Volunteers gathered over a hundred petition signatures at the Intelligentsia Cup bicycle races in Glen Ellyn, Lombard and Elmhurst. Many thanks to all the people who signed the petition at these three exciting events!

Also in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, state representative Terra Costa Howard signed the petition and pledged her support and DuPage County Board member Tim Elliott stopped by to say hey!


Also shout out to the Illinois Prairie Path for the invite to share table space in Glen Ellyn, the DuPage County Sports Commission for the invite to exhibit in Lombard and Elmhurst alderman Kevin York for the invitation to share table space with the City of Elmhurst as they promote their upcoming bicycle and pedestrian plan and gather citizen input.
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Tuesday, July 9

Active Transportation Alliance awards Friends of the EBDRT a $400 grant. These funds will be used to register as an official non-profit 501c3 organization.

Tuesday, June 25

Volunteers were able to ride to work with DuPage County Board president Dan Cronin on a gorgeous summer morning!

Many thanks to Dan Cronin, president of the DuPage County Board, and Sid Kenyon for this invitation!


Wednesday, May 29

Volunteers presented information about the East Branch DuPage River Trail to the Baker Hill Condominium Association.

Many thanks to Steve Johnson of Copressco for organizing!

Tuesday, May 28

Volunteers attended the DuPage County Board meeting in Wheaton. This agenda item was approved unanimously.

Many thanks to Tim Elliott for this invitation!


Tuesday, May 21

Volunteers presented information about the East Branch DuPage River Trail to the Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners.

Many thanks to Renea Frigo for the invitation.

Sunday, May 11

Volunteers collecterd petition signatures at the Glen Ellyn Park District's Garden Market in Glen Ellyn as the guest of the Glen Ellyn Park District and SCARCE at 799 Roosevelt Road, Building 2, Ste 108. The weather was frightful but the goats didn't mind a bit!

Here is more information about the event from SCARCE: www.scarce.org/growin-green/

Many thanks to Renea Frigo and the Glen Ellyn Park District for this opportunity

Wednesday, May 8

Volunteers were invited to present to the influential and prestigious DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference Committee to talk about the East Branch DuPage River Trail. DuPage Mayors and Managers is a council of 33 municipal governments in DuPage County and includes six DuPage County Board members and six DuPage County area mayors, as well as county/municipal staff members.


Many thanks to Mary Ozog, County Board Member and co-chair of the County/Municipal Intergovernmental Committee, along with Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig for this invitation.

Thursday, April 25

Thanks to DuPage Forest Preserve board member Tim Whelan, the invitation to join trail supporters at The Conservation Foundation's Earth Day Dinner, courtesy of Mark Gil, president, Butterfield Preservation Foundation, and Dr. Larry Reiner, executive director, Butterfield Park District, was greatly appreciated. Joining us at the table was a wonderfully charming group of elected officials including State Representative Amy Grant, County Board Member Pete DiCianni and Butterfield Park District board member Michael Kryger. Also was a pleasure meeting Marilyn Joyner, DuPage Friends of Extension (hoping to get a ticket to her Ball Garden brunch in August!). It takes a whole county and lots of support to build a bike trail!

Thanks to DuPage Forest Preserve Board Member Tim Whelan for arranging this opportunity.

Saturday, April 20

Got out on a portion of the East Branch DuPage River Trail that is normally off-limits now, thanks to the Environmental Club and their extraordinary faculty advisor Diana Strode. This was trail clean up day and lots of bags of garbage was collected including 3 fishing poles (with fishing line...deadly to animals!), a tire, a giant clam pot and much plastic and beverage containers. Spotted a lone coyote loping through the area. All in, the area is beautiful and would be wonderful as a trail.

Thanks to College of DuPage faculty advisor Diana Strode for the opportunity to tag along.

Monday, April 22

On Earth Day, trail supporters met with Congressman Sean Casten to discuss the East Branch DuPage River Trail and how it will be a fantastic amenity for the 6th Congressional District. Casten expressed his support for the project.

Thank you to Ed Barsotti of Ride Illinois for arranging this meeting!

Sunday, April 14

Volunteers presented information about the East Branch DuPage River Trail to the Men's Study Group of the First United Methodist Church of Lombard.

Many thanks to Stephen E. Flint, AIA, principal of Flint Architects for this invitation!

Friday, March 29

More than 61 pages of paper petitions have been collected since the campaign to build and fund the East Branch DuPage River Trail (EBDRT) ignited in the fall of 2017. Assuming each page has approximately 10 signatures (some do not and some have more than 10), that's over 600 individuals who have touched a piece of paper and pledged their support of this initiative with their signature.

Volunteers have personally stepped up without being asked to download and collect signatures on a paper petition. The entire community owes a huge thank you to these people including Nancy, Rich, Kristin, Renea, Steve (a few Steve's actually), Susan, the Hodgesin family and many, many more.

Yesterday, the paper petitions were forwarded to Active Transportation Alliance who volunteered an intern to begin the laborious process of data-entry so that we can capture the information of the folks who have signed the petition in the good faith that someone will get the EBDRT completed and then communicate back to them about the progress.

Many thanks to Active Transportation Alliance and their wonderful staffers including Maggie, Matt, Ron and Jim for this generous offer of labor support!

Don't forget an ONLINE petition can also be signed and today there are more than 1,623 people have signed it. Please spread the word and ask family, friends and neighbors to sign. In a county of more than 1 million population, if 20,000 people are in favor of something, it's going to happen!

Huge shout out to Active Transportation's intern, Ashley Velazquez, a Berwyn high school freshman at Christo Rey. She spent about 3 full days typing up all the signatures, about 20 hours of work.

Thursday, March 21

Volunteers presented to an enthusiastic audience from the Wild Ones of DuPage County Environmental group. Approximately 50 in attendance.

Thank you to Rich Whitney for arranging this presentation

Wesnesday, March 20

Volunteers presented to students in the College of DuPage Environmental Club. The students were most enthusiastic and asked lots of great questions. They pledge support, signed the petition and offered to carry petitions around the college to ask their fellow students to also support the East Branch DuPage River Trail.

Many thanks to Rose Arnold for the invitation to speak.

Tuesday, March 12

Volunteers presented to a citizens environmental committee of the Glen Ellyn Park District.


Thursday, February 7

Volunteers presented to the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn to raise awareness and garner signatures.

Thank you to Steve Johnson Copressco, for organizing!

Thursday, February 7

Volunteers participated in the Conservation Foundation's East Branch DuPage River Workshop along with DuPage County Stormwater Management and were able to speak to the group of about 30 people about the trail project.

Thank you to Jan Roehll 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!

January 2019

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).


January, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 8

Volunteers made a presentation to the Wheaton Noon Lions Club


Wednesday, January 2

Volunteers made a presentation to the Wheaton Rotary Club


2018

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:

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

Thank YOU!

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.

December, 2018

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."

October 2018

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:

Left to right: Tim Elliott, District 4 DuPage County Board Representative, Mary Ellen Mazza, Ginger Wheeler (Trail supporters), Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board President

Wednesday, December 12

Volunteers made a presentation to the Southminster Presbyterian Church Men's Breakfast Group


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

Thursday, November 8

An update on trail progress was provided to the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn board of directors.


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.


Saturday, October 14, 2018

Supporters of the East Branch DuPage River Trail were at "This Run's for Jack" to raise awareness among participants and hand out fliers.


September, 2018

An article about the East Branch DuPage RIver Trail appears in Glen Ellyn Living magazine by freelancer writer Ginger Wheeler. Read the whole article.

September, 2018

Trail supporter speaks to members of Sustain DuPage's Environmental Commission and Committe Coalition (EC3) to educate these advocates about the East Branch DuPage River Trail.

August, 2018

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.

August, 2018

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.

Jan - Feb 2018: East Branch DuPage River Trail supporters attend DuPage Forest Preserve and DuPage County transportation department's public meetings to influence comprehensive planning in favor of more bike/hike trails.
Bike/Walk Everytown social in Glen Ellyn features Sid Kenyon, senior transportation planner from DuPage County, as speaker. DuPage County District 4 representative Tim Elliott attends and demonstrates support for citizens working together to encourage trail completion.

December 2017

Volunteers connect with DuPage County Forest Preserve District 4 Representative Tim Whelan. Ball is rolling!

Thursday, March 28

Volunteers presented to an influential audience from Rotary Club of Lombard with approximately 15 in attendance. This has led to even MORE presentations as members of this group approached volunteers afterwards to meet with additional groups they are affiliated with. Hurray


IL State Rep. Terra Costa Howard (pictured left) and Dupage County Board member Tim Elliot (pictured right) show their support for the trail at the Intelligentsia Cup race in Glen Ellyn

October 3

Volunteers hosted a Walk/Bike social in Lombard at The Corner House, a delightful coffee shop and restaurant, co-sponsored by Active Transportation Alliance. Plenty of fun was had and lots of great connections were made to made the connecting bike trail even that much more closer to reality!

Many thanks to the Corner House for allowing us to meet at their lovely location: Perfect for a meet up of bike/walk/hike/run friends!