Cook County Forest Preserve Improving Camping Facilities

TINLEY PARK (CBS) — The Cook County Forest Preserve District wants more people consider it as a camping option.

The district plans to spend upwards of 20 million dollars on improvements at between five and nine camping facilities across suburban Cook.

That includes Camp Reinberg in Palatine, Camp Sullivan in Tinley Park, Camp Pine Woods in Northbrook, Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs and Shabonna Woods in South Holland.

Superintendent Anrold Randall explains some of the changes while at Camp Sullivan in Tinley Park.

“Renovating existing structures like you see here today, building new structures, building quality bathroom and shower facilities because we know for families that is a really big deal to have those kind of amenities on site,” said Superintendent Anrold Randall

He says in the past, the forest preserve has only hosted boy scout troops and organizations to camp.

Now they want to expose new people to the 68 thousand acres of open land in the county.

Randall says they’re looking at experienced campers and novices.

The initial phase of work would start in the summer and finish by the end of the year if commissioners approve.

The district will introduce the plan at the commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday.

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