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Photos: Parking lot construction at Lansing Woods 186th Street entrance

LANSING, Ill. (May 7, 2023) – Construction crews are in the process of tearing out the Lansing Woods parking lot along 186th Street, and they are hopeful that the job will be completed within a month.

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Both the east and west driveways into the parking lot are blocked during construction, though walkers and bikers are still able to access Thorn Creek Trail. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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By Friday, May 5, the old asphalt had been removed and sections of curb were piled up ready for disposal. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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A worker appears to be sawing the concrete curb into smaller sections while a crane waits to move them. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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A section of historic stone curb remains in place. One of the construction workers confirmed that this section will not be removed, but new curbs will be installed everywhere else along the Lansing Woods parking lot. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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A new ramp will be installed for people to access the Thorn Creek Trail through Lansing Woods. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Lansing Woods is part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. It is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. WHY?
    All the way down to removing the curbs?
    Was the parking lot so bad that it was a hazard?
    Is this something that is really needed in the economic times we’re living in?
    This is just another example of unnecessary government spending.
    I’m sure there are a lot of people thinking the same thing.

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