Crystal Lake Park District Begins Fetzner Park Riparian Restoration Project

Fri September 8, 2017

The Crystal Lake Park District has started a two-part project to restore riparian areas at Fetzner Park (located at 690 Alexandra Blvd, Crystal Lake).  First, the stream will be improved by returning it to a more natural condition. This includes removing invasive trees and underbrush, stabilizing the shoreline and planting native grasses and trees.  Second, two detention basins will be planted with native vegetation. These projects are designed to improve water quality.  The turf restoration portion of the project began in late August and the tree removal is expected to begin in mid-September.  Planting is expected to take place in October or November.  During this time, portions of the park including the paved pathway, will not be accessible to the public.

Fetzner Park was identified as a water quality restoration site in the 2013 Woods Creek Watershed Study which was joint project between the Crystal Lake Park District, Villages of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills, and the City of Crystal Lake.  The watershed plan can be viewed at http://www.foxriverecosystem.org/planning.htm.

Concept plans for Fetzner Park were presented and discussed at a neighborhood meeting in 2015.  A grant was awarded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 that will fund 60% of the project.  Detailed plans and further description of the project can be viewed at http://www.crystallakeparks.org/project-updates#FetznerRiparian

If you have questions, please contact Ann Viger, Director of Planning and Development, at (815) 459-0680 x 1205 or aviger@crystallakeparks.org.