CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Forest Preserve District has abandoned plans for a new section of walking and biking path in Oak Forest, after crews dug up unmarked graves on the site of the old Oak Forest Hospital.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports the county said the bones which were dug up will be reburied where they were found, and the area will be returned to a natural state.
Forest Preserve General Supt. Arnold Randall said crews working on plans for a new stretch of biking and walking trails dug up unmarked graves on the site of the old Oak Forest Hospital at 159th and Cicero. The district acquired the land as part of a plan for the Oak Forest Heritage Preserve, a combination of recreational trails, natural areas, a museum, recreations of a historic poor farm and 17th century Native American dwellings, and preservations of the historic cemetery.