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Lake Arlington Interim Path Improvements



Lake Arlington: Share the Path Interim Action Plan 2013

Vision Statement: To increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety at Lake Arlington by upgrading the identification signage and path markings.

In addition to the changes below, the Park District will collaborate with the Police Department and other local organizations to heighten awareness and to develop a mutual respect between bicyclists and pedestrians. The Park District is implementing these changes by the end of July to alleviate conflicts between wheeled and non-wheeled visitors. The District will explore more permanent modifications as it approaches its capital budget planning process this Fall.
The Park District will host a public meeting on October 23rd at the Administration Center located at 410 N. Arlington Heights Road.  The meeting will begin promptly at 7pm.  
View the Lake Arlington Path Presentation View Personal Safety Guidelines


  • 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 would always travel in a clockwise direction.

Path Markings

Stencil paint directly onto the path to visually show walkers with directional arrows on the inside of the path. Bikers, roller bladers will follow outside lane of the entire path. Cross walk areas will be painted on the path at all entry points.

History of Pathway System at Lake Arlington

Developed with OSLAD and Department of Conservation grants
boathousepath 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.

The Share the Path. Share the Fun. campaign aims to raise awareness of bicycling safety, in particular how bicyclists and pedestrians can share the Lake Arlington path responsibly.

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The map showing the new markings and signs will be posted once the work at Lake Arlington has been completed.

The Park District will host a public meeting in October and will encourage residents to attend to review potential permanent modifications plans and to provide input. Residents are encouraged to offer their suggestions and evaluate the interim path changes and may do so by submitting the form below.  Thank you in advance for your comments.

Would you like to share a comment, some thoughts or an observation about the Share the Path Interim Action Plan?

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