The Jacksonville Parks Foundation has announced a Town Brook Recreation Trail (TBRT) inaugural walk and information survey to take place on Saturday, October 19 at 9 am, starting at the YMCA. Interested members of the community are invited to walk along and get a first-hand look at the site and a summary of plans to move forward with the TBRT project, which will provide an improved greenway for walkers, runners and bicyclist, as well as plans to connect the trailway with City Parks and recreation areas and key points of interest in Jacksonville and throughout Morgan County.

Open discussions will include improvement of the waterway itself, development of special prairielands areas adjacent to the creek, revival of local environmental education and awareness programs and will feature the greenway and its connectors as a recreation attraction with significant environmental, historical and cultural side trips.

It’s a walk between the colleges—from Illinois College to MacMurray College (approximately three miles, round trip). Participants should plan to meet at 9 a.m. at the YMCA parking lot and, after a briefing, walk down Woodland and east on Hoagland to the official brookside starting point at Hoagland and Lincoln. Wear good walking shoes, outdoor wear appropriate for the weather, and bring a water bottle. At the MacMurray end of the route a return shuttle to the YMCA starting point will be available for those who choose not to walk back.

Say you’ll come via our Facebook event page. For further information regularly check the Town Brook Facebook page and blog –

Also, put out the word and plan to participate in the Town Brook cleanup the following Saturday, October 26 at 8:30. Starting point is Diamond Plaza.

People or businesses who would like to support parks and recreation in Jacksonville, South Jacksonville and/or Morgan County Illinois 62650 may send a contribution to Jacksonville Parks Foundation, 1815 Mound Road, Jacksonville IL 62650. Contact the group’s President Steve Warmowski 217.245.4178 for details.

Written by Jacksonville Parks Foundation Media Contact Harry Ford. Harry at