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Photos: Lansing Woods parking lot goes green

Grass to replace asphalt on east half of lot

LANSING, Ill. (May 31, 2023) – Construction began several weeks ago in the Lansing Woods parking lot along 186th Street. As the project progresses, it has become clear that a redesign is in the works. The east half of the parking lot has been torn out and filled in with dirt. A construction worker at the site on Wednesday afternoon said that this section will not be repaved, but will be planted with grass.

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On Wednesday afternoon, workers finished smoothing the dirt fill all the way up to the former east entrance of the Lansing Woods parking lot. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The smoothed dirt extends west to a newly poured curb that now creates the new east border of the parking lot. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Stacks of Ero-Guard erosion blankets are ready for placement over the leveled dirt. The straw blankets are designed to prevent erosion for a full growing season before they biodegrade. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The newly paved section of parking lot provides 58 parking spots plus 3 handicap-accessible spots. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The ramp accessing Thorn Creek Trail has been widened and the center post removed. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, May 31, 2023)
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The previous ramp. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, May 7, 2023)
The west entrance to the Lansing Woods parking lot has been re-paved, but as of May 31 it was not open to vehicles. (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.