Galena Gateway Park – A Partner Preserve

A 15-year quest to preserve one of Illinois’ most scenic views came to a successful close in late 2010 when JDCF closed on 100 acres known as the Galena Gateway Park and saved the first view of Galena as seen from Hwy 20 when ‘rounding Horseshoe Mound.  This achievement was the result of grants from two private foundations, an outpouring of community support that raised the money needed to apply for these grants, as well the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers since the early 1990’s.  JDCF then donated the park to the City of Galena, which will own the site in perpetuity.  In December 2017, JDCF donated the 80-acre Addition to Galena Gateway Park to the City of Galena.

In a public-private partnership with the City of Galena, JDCF purchased the Addition to Galena Gateway Park in February 2016 with funding provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and by funding and technical assistance made available as mitigation for impacts caused by the construction and maintenance of the Enbridge Pipelines, LLC, Flanagan South Pipeline in partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The park now totals 180 acres and ensures that the Galena Gateway area will be forever open to the public to enjoy nature and the main view shed of historic Galena.

JDCF and the City will cooperatively manage the property going forward. The City will maintain a series of hiking trails and any benches, signage, or other public amenities that might be placed on the property. JDCF will manage the natural areas on the property with the help of the Galena Area Land Enthusiasts (GALE), a dedicated group of volunteers, who have been assisting JDCF with the management of Gateway Park for the past several years.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Moonlight Frog Walk

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bring the whole family for an adventure along the levee in Galena, an early evening frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge adjacent to the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. The event begins at 6:00 pm. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to […] Read More

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Calling all Volunteers: Spring Bird Count 2019

May 4 @ 6:00 am - 4:30 pm

Do you have an interest in birds?  Can you identify most of those that visit your backyard? Would you like to have the chance to see many new and different species in a single day in the company of an experienced birder? We are seeking volunteers on Saturday, May 4th, to join a day-long Spring […] Read More

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iNaturalist Workshop with Cassi Saari

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Become a citizen scientist at our iNaturalist Workshop! iNaturalist is an online community of people recording and sharing their observations of the natural world. Whether your a total nature-nerd or just simply going for a walk, your observations of the natural world can help generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data. In this workshop, you will learn […] Read More

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Ice Cream Social

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social under the new pavilion at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve.  The Friends of Wapello will be on hand to give guided tours of the site.

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