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

Fall Night Hike in the Forest

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you ever really listened to the wildlife that comes out after dark? Bring the family and join JDCF’s Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one hour tour to discover Schurmeier Teaching Forest after dark. Learn how your night vision works and which wildlife become active at night. Leave your flashlights at home […] Read More

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Extreme Weather Events – the impacts to our region & our pocketbooks

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

JDCF is hosting a panel discussion on Extreme Weather:  the impacts on landowners and tax payers.  Prior to the event, winners of the Biggest Tree Contest will be announced! Steve Keeffer, Jo Daviess County Engineer, Carrie McKillip, president of the National Extension Disaster Preparedness organization, and Justin Gehrts, Galena native and meteorologist with KCRG-TV in […] Read More

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