white oak Jack E. Cook Park & Forest Preserve

Plato Township

Plank Road & Muirhead Road

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Named for the late Jack Cook, president of the forest preserve district from 1994 – 2002, this preserve is currently in agricultural production.
Nearly half, 91 acres of the total 219 acres of the park, was purchased from the City of Elgin in 2007 in a cooperative effort to provide open space and recreational areas on the far west side of Elgin. The City of Elgin Parks & Recreation department will develop a large part of the park with active sports fields, playground, shelter, restrooms and parking.
The western portion of the preserve will be restored to wetland and prairie, and Pingree Creek will be remeandered. A recreational lake with a scenic overlook, and also bicycle and walking trails are planned.