Winfield Riverwalk's History
The Riverwalk will help establish an identity for Winfield, encourage bicycle and foot traffic,
and provide an attractive gathering area for residents and visitors.
2007 - Winfield Riverwalk Committee formed. Then President Rudy Czech appointed 9 volunteers to evaluate if and how a Riverwalk trail along the West Branch of the DuPage River might benefit the Village of Winfield. The VISION "to create Chicagoland’s most walkable community" was adopted. Goals were established to create an arterial system of pathways, surrounded by nature, intermixed with local culture, education, and recreation. Creating a Riverwalk area in downtown Winfield for the enjoyment of all and fueled via the heart of Winfield’s Town Center.
2008 - A Conceptual Plan was developed through a cooperative effort between the Village of Winfield, The Winfield Riverwalk Committee, Illinois Prairie Path Corporation, Central DuPage Hospital (now Northwestern Medicine), the Winfield Park District, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and other stakeholders.
2009 - A Design Development Report was completed, prepared by Gary Weber and Associates, Inc. and adopted by the Village of Winfield. The process included development design, cost analysis and phasing as well as an investigation of engineering, environmental and floodplain issues. The report also provided a Design Development Master Plan which identified the potential trail located along the West Branch of the DuPage River and a Riverwalk site (Core Riverwalk Area) at the south end of the trail and adjacent to the Town Center redevelopment.
2009 -The Winfield Riverwalk Committee applied to the IRS to create a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, The Advocates of the Winfield Riverwalk, for the purpose of raising funds for the development and construction the Riverwalk. Bylaws and Articles of incorporation were also adopted.
2010 -The Advocates of the Winfield Riverwalk was established as a non profit organization July, 2010.
2013 - The Forest Preserve was awarded a federal grant (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality), to fund most of the costs to build the West Branch DuPage River Trail. The West DuPage River Trail includes two sections, including one through Winfield Mounds Forest preserve. These two trail sections will complete critical links within the 23 mile West DuPage River Trail system and more importantly to Winfield, create a trail that will anchor the Winfield Riverwalk and Town Center redevelopment site.
2015 - The Winfield Riverwalk Committee decided to begin the Riverwalk with a modest first phase that could be expanded over time, but would complement the new trail and begin serving the community very quickly.
2016 - The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County awarded the construction contract. Trail mapping began in late 2016.
2017 - Trail construction is underway, with completion anticipated by the end of the year. The Advocates of the Winfield Riverwalk developed plan to fund the major amenities identified within the Phase 1 construction plan. Once completed, the elements included in phase 1 plan will create an identity for the Winfield Riverwalk, encourage pedestrian traffic through Town Center and serve as a natural community gathering place. Additional phases will be built as funds are raised.