Model Communities Grant

and Live Healthy Forest Park is born!

Forest Park, Illinois

The Village of Forest Park received good news yesterday from the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago when it was informed that they were the recipient of a $145,000 grant toward their proposal submitted last month.

At its November 22, 2010, village council meeting, Mayor Calderone announced that a collaborative team from the Village, School District, Park District, and Community Garden were working together to write a grant proposal in support of local healthy living initiatives.

In the grant application submitted to Cook County's Department of Public Health last month, the combined entities proposed a number of measures to support their goal. Some of the initiatives include cold storage vending machines to house fresh and healthy products, purchasing a walk-in refrigerator for the local food pantry, and teaching school children how to plant, sow, and harvest fruits and vegetables ultimately selling their products at the Farmers' Market. Additionally, they propose promoting shopping and dining locally through a pedestrian friendly environment, offering more healthy options at concession stands, and promoting Forest Park's connection to the Prairie Path. Other initiatives include roof top gardens at the schools, adding more bike racks, and getting the restaurants to use locally grown products in their recipes.

"This is great news for Forest Parkers" the Mayor said today, adding "the team worked so hard to reduce our cohesive vision to paper and to have our vision embraced to the tune of $145,000 is very rewarding. A healthier and more active Forest Park is our goal and with this grant we have a fighting chance to make that a reality."

Out of 120 proposals submitted, only 40 were awarded. The Forest Park team consists of Tim Gillian, Denise Murray, and Letitia Olmsted (Village), Ed Brophy (School District #91), Erin Parchert (Park District), and Debbie Kong (Community Garden). The money must be used within the next thirteen months.

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Village News

Posted: 5-1-12

Forest Park Awarded Bronze Level Walk Friendly Communities Designation

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The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Forest Park a Bronze Level Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.

Forest Park has been striving to make its community more walking and cycling friendly by implementing new standards for streetscape which include traffic calming bump-outs, better lighting, and narrowing the distance at street crossings...(download pdf above)

Posted: 3-19-12

Bicycle Rules of the Road

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Forest Park Live Healthy Tips & Network Map

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Posted: 9-2-11

Community Garden News:

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Active Transportation Plan Workshop

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Posted: 9-1-11

Forest Park Passes Complete Streets Resolution

Forest Park, Ill The Village Council of Forest Park unanimously passed a Complete Streets resolution to ensure that transportation planners and engineers design and operate roadways to accommodate the safety of everyone who uses the roads: walkers, cyclists, drivers and public transit riders...

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