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Horner Park


Section 206, Water Resources Development Act 1996, as amended (Continuing Authority Program)


Ecosystem restoration is a high-priority budgetable mission for the Corps of Engineers.  The Chicago District currently has 30 ecosystem restoration projects either recently completed or in construction for a total of 2600 acres restored, nearly 70 miles of free flowing rivers and helping to prevent the interbasin transfer of Asian carp. In partnership with the Chicago Park District, Horner Park will be yet another significant contribution to the USACE mission to restore and reconnect sustainable habitat along the Chicago River.

Horner Park lies along the North Branch of the Chicago River in the City of Chicago, Ill. The restoration area is bound by Montrose Avenue to the North, the Chicago River to the East, Irving Park Road to the South, and extends westward into Horner Park, stopping short of the existing athletic fields. The project site is 14 acres in size, which includes approximately 2,600 feet of the riverbank.  The goal of this project is to restore the natural features of the North Branch Chicago River at Horner Park and its riparian zone within the constraints of the current system. The objectives of this project include: 1) restoring stream hydraulics and morphology 2) restoring riparian zone habitat and vegetation 3) restoring oak savanna habitat 4) prevention and/or removal of invasive species.  Both the design effort, and the construction contract are being funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more details. You can also download the Horner Park project presentation slides.


Total Project Cost:

  $ 5,500,000

Federal Cost:

  $ 3,500,000

Non-Federal Cost:

  $ 2,000,000


A five-year construction contract was awarded in September 2013, with construction completion scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018. With the completion of the construction contract, the Chicago Park District will now resume responsibility for management and upkeep of Horner Park.

Native Landscaping will begin to use controlled burning as part of maintenance and monitoring for the Horner Park, CAP Section 206 ecosystem restoration project. Each instance will be overseen by USACE and the Chicago Park District. Prescribed burning will become a regular part of maintaining the natural areas at Horner Park for the duration of the project maintenance and monitoring period, through 2018. Signs at the project site and Facebook notices will be posted prior to each controlled burn. If you would like more information about the use of prescribed burning at Horner Park, or if you wish to be contacted on the day of a prescribed burn, please call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office at (312) 846-5330 or email your inquiry to

 Note: All public inquiries in regard to the MWRD project located on the east side of the river can be directed to Allison Fore of MWRD Public Affairs.  The number to reach her is 312-751-5600. 

Project Manager

Nicole Roach

Project Area

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