DeKalb Park District

Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District

Hopkins and Rotary Park in DeKalb will soon have some of their turf grass replaced with native plants for local pollinators.

The Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District is working with the DeKalb Park District to convert nearly 23 acres of land.  Through the fall, they’ll clear the existing grass and vegetation, then plant native seeds in November. Amy Doll with the Park District said that will leave the land somewhat barren for a brief period. 

Connie Kuntz

The DeKalb Park District is offering in-person summer camps for children entering kindergarten through 6th Grade. Superintendent of Recreation and Facilities Greg Bruggeman says kids can expect to participate in a variety of safe, healthy activities including human foosball, arts & crafts, and virtual tours of the Louvre Museum and the San Diego Zoo.

"We're looking at adapting a lot of our programs that we have done in the past," he said, "to comply with social distancing, as well as with 10 participants." 

Francie Barnes and friend

On our inaugural Under Rocks podcast: We celebrate the weirdness of winter in northern Illinois. Dan Libman and Susan Stephens hit the slopes (the sled slopes), pedal icy backroads, traipse through freshly-fallen snow with a trail groomer, and find out just what that brand new mountain in the middle of a DeKalb park is made of.

Grab your mittens and hop on!

Highlights of this episode: It's a wintry mix!

Your favorite local sledding spots.

We visit two of your favorite sled hills in DeKalb County: Russell Woods and Hopkins Park.

Peter Medlin

The DeKalb Park District and the City of DeKalb are making plans to relocate city hall functions to the Park District's historic downtown property at 164 E. Lincoln Highway. The former Nehring building dates back to 1892 when it was occupied by the DeKalb National Bank and Sheets and Knodle Hardware. It was owned by First National Bank of DeKalb from 1902 to 1966. 

DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas said the move makes financial sense. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Planting will begin soon along a DeKalb nature trail that was clear-cut below Com Ed power lines last November. The group tasked with coming up with a restoration plan presented it to the public last night.