Lincoln Parkway Landscaping Project

Lincoln Parkway Landscaping Project

In 1939, after the establishment of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park, Macon County acquired 80.61 acres to create a right-of-way 200′ wide running north and south as scenic highway, named the Lincoln Memorial Parkway to access the new State Park. At present there are a few trees, but mostly scrubby species and turf. The goal of this project is to provide an attractive parkway leading to the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, with grouped plantings of native tree species every half mile. The Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park, a committee of the Community Environmental Council, has been formed to bring this site up to the standards of other Lincoln sites in Illinois, making it a desired Lincoln destination. This project specifically proposes planting 75 native trees in 17 “islands” along the Parkway; the Macon County Highway Department has agreed to partner with Friends group to plant the trees. The Friends group plan includes specifics on the location of each tree. The planting is slated to start on October 15, 2018 and be completed that week.

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