Jack E. Cook Park & Forest Preserve

Plank Road & Muirhead Road
Elgin, IL


The western portion of the preserve will be restored to wetland and prairie, and Pingree Creek will be remaindered. A recreational lake with a scenic overlook, and also bicycle and walking trails are planned.

Preserve Map


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.