Rep. Lipinski Celebrates the Opening of the Cal-Sag Trail (June 6, 2015)
Congressman Lipinski (IL-3) joined with area officials and residents today at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights for a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the completed 11-mile west leg of the Cal-Sag Trail. This part of the trail runs along the Cal-Sag Channel from 131st and Cicero in Alsip to Archer and Route 83 in Lemont. In recognition of Lipinski’s support for the trail, he was given the honor – along with his wife Judy – of running the final leg of a relay carrying half of the trail sign to the trailhead at Lake Katherine.
“In addition to being Illinois' most senior member on the U.S. House Transportation Committee, I am an avid cyclist and runner,” said Rep. Lipinski. “I'm very excited about the Cal-Sag Trail and all the transportation and recreation opportunities it creates. That is why I have always strongly supported the trail. The Cal-Sag Trail provides a critical missing link in our trail system that I look forward to enjoying. It's a great day for families all across south and southwest Cook County and all the way to Joliet.”
The Cal-Sag Trail connects in Lemont to the Centennial Trail and I&M Canal Trail that runs from Willow Springs to Joliet and beyond. In Palos Heights, the Cal-Sag connects to the Tinley Creek Trail and then to the Orland Park Bikeway. The result is a trail connection covering most of the suburban Cook County and Will County portions of the Third Congressional District.
“I can’t wait to bike all around my district on these trails,” Congressman Lipinski said. “I want to thank and congratulate all who were involved in getting this done, especially Steve Buchtel and Trails for Illinois.”
When completed in 2017, the Cal-Sag Trail will be 26 miles long, connecting Burnham to Lemont.