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

Critters of the Night

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member […] Read More

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Keynote Address: Kay Rhoads, Principal Chief of the Sac & Fox Nation

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

To kick off JDCF’s Voices from the Past: An Archaeological & Cultural Symposium, Kay Rhoads, Principal Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation, will give a keynote speech on Friday evening at 7:00 PM at the Hanover Township Park District Building, 500 Fillmore Street, Hanover, IL.  There is a $10.00/person entrance fee for non-JDCF members.

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Voices from the Past: An Archaeological & Cultural Symposium

November 3 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

JDCF’s Wapello Reserve has many stories to tell about the native people who once inhabited the Mississippi River Driftless area. Exploration of Wapello’s broad terraces show that Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Euro-American peoples used the land along the Apple River over many millennia. These occupations left a rich record of artifacts, hearths, storage pits, […] Read More

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Potluck & Program – Citizen Science, Modern Technology & the Conservation of Nature

November 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Charlie Blake, PhD biologist, will present on Citizen Science, Modern Technology and the Conservation of Nature. Charlie directs RiverWatch, an Illinois statewide citizen science program which monitors stream health. She will be giving an overview of popular phone apps including eBird and iNaturalist and web sites like FieldScope, which allow for far more accurate gathering […] Read More

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