- The Crawford County Forest Preserve has become a popular destination over the years for residents of Crawford County, Illinois, and beyond.
- A grant from Marathon Petroleum’s Robinson refinery, located nearby, will support multiple upgrades to the recreational property.
- The grant amount totaling just over $23,000 will allow for the addition of much-needed parking lot lighting, a new gazebo and picnic tables.
The residents of Crawford County, Illinois, have been making memories at the Crawford County Forest Preserve for close to 15 years. The 124.5-acre site is home to trails, fishing ponds, campsites, event shelters and other outdoor activities. It was the dream of the late Dr. Gus and Eula Schmidt, who over 30 years ago announced their desire to provide a space for the community to experience nature. They eventually donated a sizeable chunk of their property to the county.
“We’re still grateful to the Schmidts for their generous donation that continues to benefit all of us who call Crawford County home,” said Janice Robinson, who manages the forest preserve. “There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy just as they envisioned all those years ago.”
As the preserve has grown over the years, so have the costs involved to maintain the popular spot, which depends almost entirely on donations from community partners. Marathon Petroleum’s Robinson refinery, located just west of the forest preserve, recently provided a $23,000 grant to help add parking lot lighting, a new event gazebo and picnic tables.
“Beyond our role to provide the fuel that keeps this area moving, we make it a priority to actively engage in efforts that make a positive impact on the community,” said Amy Macak, General Manager at the Robinson refinery. “The Crawford County Forest Preserve is a special place and doing our part to preserve it for generations to come is something we’re happy to support.”