The Forge Lemont Quarries
OPENING SUMMER 2020!
The Forge Adventure Park is working with the Village of Lemont and Lemont Township to spearhead the creation of a new adventure park, The Forge Lemont Quarries (The Forge). Proposed in two phases, The Forge will encompass nearly 300 acres of mostly vacant land and natural areas adjacent to the I&M Canal and comprising several abandoned quarry sites. A public-private partnership, The Forge will include land licensed from both the Village and Township. When complete, the park will be operated year-round, 7 days/week (except certain holidays), between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. The Forge is accessed through the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, with future access proposed near the intersection of Main Street and Walker Road.
Visit The Forge Lemont Quarries to learn more and follow their progress. All applications, reports, meetings, and approvals are available in the online case file. Visit the Development Projects story map page to see all pending development cases and an archive of past cases for 2019.
Outdoor Adventure Course
An aerial adventure course will be constructed on a 10-acre site between the Icebox Quarry and Quarry 1 on the south side of the I&M Canal. The aerial adventure courses will include activities such as zip-lines, climbing towers, rappelling, and other interconnecting ropes course activities.
A custom-designed kid zone will also be constructed to create an at-ground version of the aerial adventure course that is safe for children ages 5 through 12. The kid zone will also include a beginners mountain bike course and pump track.
Mountain Bike Course
Mountain bike courses of varying skill levels will be installed as part of the project. The primary course will be installed throughout the 10-acre adventure course area.
Water and Land Sports
Other outdoor activities will include water sports, such as kayaking, stand up paddle (SUP) boarding, canoeing, and fishing. Kayaks and SUP boards will be available for rental on-site.
The Forge has been featured in Crain's Chicago Business: A Tech Giant's Next Big Adventure. (9-13-2019)
Lemont Patch: Quarries Adventure Park Breaks Ground In Lemont. (9-19-2019)
Contact the Planning & Economic Development Department with any questions about The Forge and its development.