The combined recreational resources of Will County are staggering. City and town park districts own and operate hundreds of parks that cover thousands of acres and offer a multitude of programs for a community diverse in age and interests.
Joliet features many great activity centers, among them the Inwood Recreational Center & Sports Complex, which provides a variety of activities and facilities for children and adults. These include regularly scheduled open public skating, seasonal figure skating and youth hockey at its regulation-size ice skating arena, which seats an audience up to 1,000 spectators. Other offerings include a state-of-the-art aerobic studio and a fully equipped fitness center. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the wooded, serene Pilcher Park, home to playground areas, picnic grounds and scenic hiking trails. It is also home to the Pilcher Park Nature Center, an educational and park information center. The Rock Run Corridor, a 1.4-mile recreational and educational corridor along the Rock Run River, provides city dwellers an escape from urban reality. Challenge Park Xtreme in Joliet is home to a skate park, paintball grounds and five miles of mountain bike trails.
Countless recreational opportunities exist in Channahon and Minooka as well. The award-winning Channahon Park District maintains several park facilities and plans a variety of programs and activities for all ages throughout the year. Area recreational facilities include Skateland Recreation, which offers roller-skating and Arrowhead Community Center, which provides racquetball courts, a fitness center, and a pre-school program. The Tomahawk Aquatic Center is located on four acres in Central Park. It features a six-lane, 25-yard pool connected to a zero-depth edge pool, a spray/play area for small children, sand volleyball court, concession area, and grass sunning areas.
The I & M Canal is the centerpiece of the National Heritage Corridor. A 100-mile urban cultural park was created to preserve this Illinois landmark and to provide the public with a variety of historical, recreational, and natural resources. This canal celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1998. The Briscoe Mounds are the largest Native American burial mounds in northern Illinois. A museum and visitor/cultural center is proposed for construction on the site.
The Old Plank Road Trail was completed in 1997. Winding through Frankfort and several neighboring communities, this 20-mile picturesque bike, walk and hiking path offers hours of enjoyment for all ages. Over two miles of the Old Plank Road Trail travels between Pfeiffer Road and 108th Avenue, and provides access to Frankfort’s historic downtown district, Main Park, Michele Bingham Park, Indian Trail Park, the Frankfort Public Library and Grand Prairie School. In 2006, the Village was awarded the Will/South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District’s first Urban Award for its continuing efforts regarding conservation and the environment.
In just this small sampling of recreational opportunities, it becomes clear that Will County is a phenomenal place to get up and go.