Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors. Celebrate Happy Parks and Recreation Month… and other updates!

Resume McHenry County Update!

Through our collaboration with McHenry County, we will continue to share important information on services, programs to help our citizens, and events in our county through Resume McHenry County Updates.
Please take a moment to scroll down to see new advancements this week as we move forward in McHenry County. If MCEDC can be of any help, please call. Forward this email to your friends and family to help get the word out!


Introducing the Thompson Road Farm preserve

In early March, the Land Conservancy of McHenry County acquired the 323-acre Thompson Road Farm in Bull Valley. This new acquisition, once it is rehabilitated and restored, will become a new public open space that will protect 274 acres of natural areas and help safeguard the quality of the Boone Creek watershed
Click on the video above to see for yourself what the Land Conservancy has planned for the ecological treasure, and a big thank you goes out to Executive Director Lisa Haderlein for giving McHenry County a tour!


Next Talk and Tour event scheduled for July 22

Natural landscaping is very pretty to look at, but did you know that it can help you manage stormwater and create wildlife habitat as well?
Successfully establishing and managing natural landscaping will be the topic of this month’s Talk and Tour event held by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Ted Spella Park, in Algonquin, where natural landscaping and other best management practices have been put into place.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited; you can register by clicking here.
County government and the Defenders have teamed up to present a monthly series of Talk and Tour workshops through November to showcase unique and innovative local best management practices. Each event is held on a Friday afternoon to make attendance convenient for the general public and the staffs of local governments. You can find a list of upcoming Talk and Tour events by clicking here.


Family support agencies getting $1.7M in Advance funding

Four McHenry County social service agencies are receiving almost $1.7 million in Advance McHenry County grant funding to help them reach pre-COVID support levels.
Funding will support programs that assist working parents and the social and emotional development of children.
The grant was one of six approved last month by the County Board. Click here to learn more about them, and to learn how Advance McHenry County is putting federal COVID-19 relief funding directly to work in our communities.


Happy Parks and Recreation Month!

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and opportunities to enjoy them abound in McHenry County.
Did you know that the McHenry County Conservation District maintains more than 25,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairies? It maintains 33 sites open to the public that include trails, picnic areas, camp and fishing sites, and other amenities.
And besides the conservation district, McHenry County is also home to state parks and wildlife preserves, a national wildlife refuge, and numerous municipal park districts with their own fun and engaging sites and programs.
Visit the MCCD’s website at to explore all the sites and programs it has to offer.


McHenry County Moves 2050 is moving forward

Thank you to everyone who participated in the latest public engagement phase for the McHenry County Moves 2050 Long-Range Transportation Plan!
The McHenry County Division of Transportation appreciates the active community involvement during the engagement phase that ended in early July.
Comments that were received will be reviewed over the next six to eight months as MCDOT begins to begin writing a draft plan, after which another round of community engagement and outreach is planned.
Visit to learn more about the plan, which will examine how people and goods move in our area, and develop solutions that will make it easier for everyone, and everything, to get where they need to go. You also can sign up for email alerts so you know when the next round of engagement is launched in early 2023.


Two upcoming events capture Christmas spirit in July

We’re perfectly content not thinking about winter, no matter how hot it gets this summer. But two events this month seek to combine Christmas with summer, without having to buy a plane ticket to the Southern Hemisphere.
The Huntley Farmers Market is holding a Christmas in July event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Huntley Town Square. Besides the usual market fare, there will be free games and crafts for kids – plus a visit from Santa himself! You can learn more by clicking here.
The next day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24, is the Santa in July Grass Volleyball Tournament at Sunset Park, in Lake in the Hills. The event includes competition, a live DJ, pizza, and more. Click here to learn more.
Admission to both events is free.


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