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Palos Heights, Ill. – Nearly one year after breaking ground, the completion of the 13-mile western portion of the Cal-Sag Trail will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and relay race at Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Saturday, June 6th, 2015.
The trail will span 26 miles from route 83 in Lemont to the Burnham Greenway near the Indiana border; when completed in 2017 turning an under-utilized and ignored riverfront into an inviting recreation area with scenic trails and riverfront accessibility available to everyone. “This is one of the most important health related projects developed in Illinois over the last 20 years. The trail enhances our quality of life, encouraging exercising and improving the health and well being for those that walk, jog and bike the Cal-Sag Trail,” said Steve Buchtel, Executive Director of Trails for Illinois. “As this trail connects to other trail systems, that health impact is going to grow.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11 am after the relay race. The ceremony will include speakers Congressman Dan Lipinski, Mayor Robert Straz of Palos Heights and Jim Garrett, President / CEO of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We encourage everyone to explore and experience this trail as a new Chicago Southland adventure,” said Jim Garrett, President / CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB.
The relay race, scheduled to begin at 10 am, starts at each end of the finished western portion of the trail and converges in Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens by 11 am. The final legs of the relay will be run by Congressman Dan Lipinski and the Patrick Mizwicki Strive for 5 Foundation’s family and friends.
Patrick Mizwicki was fatally injured by a vehicle while crossing the Cal-Sag Trail on 104th Avenue while running with his high school cross-country team in 2011. Since then, the Mizwicki’s have worked with Trails for Illinois to realign the crossing by 104th Avenue, from a 45 degree diagonal to a perpendicular cross-walk. “It means the world to us that the cross-walk was realigned,” said Joann Mizwicki, the mother of Patrick. “It truly is a gift to have people safe and still be able to enjoy the trail my son loved so much.”
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination management and marketing organization for Chicago’s 62 south and southwest suburbs. The Chicago Southland CVB markets the Chicago Southland region as a destination for leisure, meetings and conventions, group tour and sports events. For more information, go to VisitChicagoSouthland.com