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Kankakee Riverfront Trail

Kankakee Riverfront Trail

Phase I of the Kankakee Riverfront Trail was begun—and will be completed—during the Centennial. The 6.5 mile-long trail will enhance local access to the Kankakee River and connect the city of Kankakee with Kankakee River State Park. This project advances three Green Legacy goals: connecting us to our rivers and streams, completing our regional trail system and expanding neighborhood green space.
The Kankakee River corridor is coming together as a premier open space and water resource, enhancing the green infrastructure in the southern part of our metropolitan region. Ultimately the trail system will extend west from the State Park to the Wauponsee Glacial Trail in Will County and then on to the 19,000-acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The development of the trail is a collaborative effort by the City and County of Kankakee working with community organizations and property owners.
For a print-friendly fact sheet on the Kankakee Rivertfront Trail, click here.

Program Partners

Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley

The Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley is a vehicle for charitable giving that builds overtime, substantial endowments funds for the community. It seeks to bring together individuals and organizations to identify and unsertand community issues and grant making opportunities.[MORE]

City of Kankakee

From Indians to industry, the City of Kankakee has a proud history of agriculture and commerce and an exciting future as the service, industrial, cultural and governmental hub of Kankakee County. Located 60 miles south of Chicago, the city has ...[MORE]

Kankakee Community College

Kankakee Community College is a two-year college, officially recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. KCC is a flexible organization where ...[MORE]

Kankakee County

Kankakee County comprises 28 County Board districts and operates under the township form of government.

Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District

The mission of the Forest Preserve District is to: preserve open space for serenity, solitude and preservation of the beauty of nature; protect natural areas for plants and wildlife; conserve wetlands, streams and rivers to maintain clean air and drinking ...[MORE]

Kankakee Township

Formed from a portion of Bourbonnais Township in 1855, Kankakee Township is one of 17 townships in Kankakee County, Illinois. The township has the smallest area in the county, but with a population of more than 28,000 it is second ...[MORE]

Kankakee Valley Park District

Kankakee Valley Park District was established in 1925. The District serves the 36,000 residents of Aroma Park and Kankakee Townships. It is governed by five elected Board of Park Commissioners, and employees 15 full-time staff and approximately 200 part-time, seasonal ...[MORE]

Shapiro Development Center

Established in 1877, this Romanesque, classical revival institution in Kankakee, Illinois is presently a center for the care and treatment of the developmentally disabled.[MORE]

Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley

Contact: Norm Strasma,, 815.939.1611

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