| Story by Cindy Cain |
The Old Plank Road Trail, the first rails-to-trails conversion project in Will County, is turning 25 this month.
The first section of the trail, which stretched from Western Avenue in Park Forest to Hickory Creek Preserve in Mokena, opened July 19, 1997.
The path took years to plan and involved many people and organizations to make it a reality, said Ralph Schultz, the Forest Preserve District’s executive director.
"The OPRT was our first rail-trail conversion and would not have been possible without local advocates and volunteers as well as the commitment of our municipal partners in preserving the corridor and funding the development and maintenance of the trail,” he said. “The OPRT also was our first regional trail and our first project funded with federal transportation funding.”