McLean County Greenways Definition

Greenways are corridors of land and water that connect places and people in McLean County.  These open spaces are located within natural or manmade areas and protect habitats, wildlife and resources.  They often contain trails or paths for alternative transportation, offer recreational opportunities and add to the quality of life in our county.

Greenways Advisory Committee (GAC)

The McLean County GAC has served for over 20 years as an umbrella organization for local government staff, local agencies, and individuals with greenway interests.

The McLean County Greenways Program is supported by participation from representatives of MCRPC, the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, McLean County, Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District,  the Ecology Action Center, Friends of the Constitution Trail, Friends of Kickapoo Creek, the John Wesley Powell Audubon Society, the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Illinois State University, The Nature Conservancy, Prairielands Preservation Foundation, and Sugar Grove Nature Center, as well as individual interested citizens. 

This broad-based organization has had an important role working in cooperation with the McLean County Regional Planning Commission in preparing and updating the Regional Greenways Plan. The Committee also assists in carrying out the plan through advocacy, education, and the establishment of a permanent organization to coordinate the implementation and management of greenways for McLean County.


Greenways Conference

Every other fall, the GAC hosts the Greenways Conference to showcases our community’s greenways. Anyone who cares about greenways in McLean County is invited to mingle, learn from each other, and get inspired.

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Explore

We have many different ways you can explore Greenways sites. Below you'll find links to our comprehensive amenities table, our storymap, stand-alone maps as well as species to look for. 

Greenways Plan
Greenways Plan

Greenways Plan

September 2009
This plan presents an up-to-date vision for greenways and provides a framework for establishing a regional system of interconnected greenways throughout McLean County and beyond. The plan presents goals and objectives in support of this vision and identifies priority future greenways and potential greenway linkages to other regions. It also targets a number of initiatives for early action in support of the plan.
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Greenways Story Map
Greenways Story Map

Greenways Story Map

2018
Welcome to our storymap for Greenways of McLean County, Illinois. On each listing, there are details on each area's location and associated website where available, as well as specific amenities available at each site.
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List of McLean County Bird Species
List of McLean County Bird Species

List of McLean County Bird Species

August 2018
Checklist of the birds of McLean County, IL
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