West Dundee seeks grant cash for Sleepy Hollow bike path
BY ERIN SAUDER For Sun-Times Media February 20, 2014 1:54PM
A rider takes a summer spin a few years ago along the bike trail at Prairie Meadow Park in West Dundee. The village is looking at expanding its bike trail system. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: February 21, 2014 2:43AM
WEST DUNDEE — The village hopes to get a few hundred thousand dollars in state grant money in order to further West Dundee’s goal of being more bicycle friendly.
Officials are seeking a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to install a bike trail along Sleepy Hollow Road between Kittridge Drive and Huntley Road.
“The beneficial thing about this trail is it connects with the existing trail that runs along the Grand Pointe Meadows subdivision and along Huntley Road,” West Dundee Village President Chris Nelson said.
He said about 310 homes in the area would benefit from the trail. As for the creation of bike and walking paths in the village, Nelson said they have to be done incrementally, “so this is one of those increments if we’re successful.”
Village staff estimates the trail installation would cost $250,000, which would include paving a gravel walking path along Huntley Road between Sleepy Hollow Road and Binnie Road.
West Dundee would be responsible for 10 percent of that cost.
Nelson said the trail would make it easier for bikers and walkers to get to the Schweitzer Woods Dog Park, maintained by the Kane County Forest Preserve on Sleepy Hollow Road.
But obtaining the grant money could still be a ways off for the village.
Public Works Director Richard Babica said the state has not yet funded any of the grants awarded to entities throughout the state in 2013. He estimates it could be 2015 before the village would need to budget for its share of the installation.
Nelson hopes the grant is awarded to help further the mission of being a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly village.
“Ultimately, the goal is to have more paths, not just in this area but throughout the community,” he said.