The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has announced that construction on improvements to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn will begin Wednesday.
The center will remain open to the public during this first phase of work, which includes the creation of a 99-car permeable-paver parking lot, the expansion and renovation of an existing support building, and the construction of new space to house the district’s native species recovery program.
The center’s parking lot will be closed beginning Oct. 16, and alternate parking will be available at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, located across Park Boulevard from Willowbrook, until the new parking lot is complete in mid-December.
The work is part of a master plan for Willowbrook approved in 2011. The plan incorporates improvement and expansion of the existing building, expanded visitor parking, reconfiguration and replacement of the outdoor animal exhibits area, restoration of wetlands along Glen Crest Creek and expansion of animal enclosures on the east side of the preserve.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center is the district’s native wildlife rehabilitation and education center. It is open year-round to help visitors learn about DuPage County’s wildlife and is the permanent home of many injured native animals. For more on Willowbrook, call 630-942-6200.