OREGON – Oregon Park District officials won’t make plans for newly acquired property along the Rock River near Daysville until results of an archeological survey are in.
Executive Director Erin Folk said this week that the survey is among requirements set by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The survey results, she said, will determine what can be done on the 10 wooded acres recently donated to the park district by Craig and Bette Williams.
The area will be kept as natural as possible, Folk said, to preserve the native plants, trees, and wildlife in the area.
“We’re hoping to preserve the land and make it a natural space rather than a developed park,” she said. “We’re very fortunate to have this piece of property. We don’t have anything like it.”
Preliminary plans calls for walking trails, a fishing pier, and possibly a canoe launch.
Park district officials have known they were required by the IDNR to replace the 6.3 acres on 10th Street that they sold several years ago to the Rock River Center because that property was originally purchased by the City of Oregon using an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant from the IDNR.
The park district sold the property to the Rock River Center for $1 in 2007.
The land must be replaced with property of equal or greater value, Folk said, and the property near Daysville will fulfill that requirement.
“We had been looking for property, and when this became available it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” Folk said.
The property will be called Jack’s Landing, in keeping with the wishes of the Williamses, she said.