In addition to the changes below, the Park District heighten awareness to develop a mutual respect between bicyclists and pedestrians. The District will explore more permanent modifications as it approaches its capital budget planning process this Fall.
- Restrict bicycle and other wheeled use to the outside lane of the path and require travel only in a counter clockwise direction everyday. This would allow for right hand turns as these users enter the path from all points.
- Designate the inside lane of path for walkers only (would allow strollers and wheelchairs) who are allowed to walk in both directions.
History of Pathway System at Lake Arlington
Developed with OSLAD and Department of Conservation grants
||Lake Arlington encourages a healthy lifestyle and makes Arlington Heights an attractive city in which to live, work and play. What originally began as an effort to ease flooding problems within the McDonald Creek watershed in 1990 has long since provided a broad range of leisure activities and numerous biking trails increasing connectivity within the community – just as it had been envisioned by Park District and Village officials at the time.
Lake Arlington’s 2.4 mile pathway system was funded by three separate grants totaling $425,000. These grants oblige the Park District to preserve the path system for bicyclists. These grants, from the Open Space Land Acquisition & Development (OSLAD) grant program and the Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program (through the Department of Conservation) funded the construction of the path around the lake, bike trail, four bridges and three, eight (8) foot wide, asphalt connector trail segments to the Lake Arlington-McDonald Creek Bicycle Trail.
Today, Lake Arlington is one of the areas largest destination facilities in the northwest suburbs and is home to a variety of recreation programs including the popular Adventure Camp for ages 9-14 and Sailing Camps for ages 8-14. Sailing lessons for kids and adults are also offered and visitors are allowed to catch and release fish. Visitors may also rent sailboats and paddle-boats, boaters are allowed to launch their own craft and a convenient boat and storage area holds boats up to 14’ long and 4’ wide to accommodate canoes, rowboats, kayaks, crew boats and sailboats.