Brochure Summer 2018 - Page 9

PLACES of the Glenview Park District Discover more about the Glenview Park District facilities, parks and program sites for recreation, preservation, nature, history and education. THE LAKE THAT GLENVIEW BUILT Nestled in the heart of Gallery Park, Lake Glenview offers residents a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors year-round. But this serene body of water is more than just a pretty face. This man-made lake was key to the transformation of the former Glenview Naval Air Station on which it is located. Lake Glenview is a multi-faceted hub of natural life that sustains many flora and fauna species, as well as a gathering place for all members of the community. Created in 1998 by the Village of Glenview, Lake Glenview was turned over to the Glenview Park District to manage in May 2010. It covers 45 acres of vast surface area, with an average depth of 16 feet. The deepest point in the lake is 19 feet. The wetlands and vegetation around the lake function as integral parts of a large water drainage system for Glenview. The lake’s outlet is connected to the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River, and provides one final chance for storm water filtration before it is released into the river. Lake Glenview serves as a habitat for plenty of wildlife, including 17 different kinds of fish. Currently, it is stocked with blue gill, walleye, largemouth bass, channel cat fish, northern pike, muskies, minnows and more. During fishing season, catch and release fishing is permitted. Various species of plants also call Lake Glenview home, including bull rushes, pickerel weed, arrow head, water lilies and water lotus. Wetland vegetation surrounding the perimeter of the lake helps to provide shelter and food for fish, but it’s rarely enough. Through inter-governmental cooperation between the Village and the Glenview Park District, a very innovative solution was found. Used Christmas trees that normally have no purpose post-holiday season other than as mulch are tied to cinder blocks and strategically submerged in the lake. The process is a double win; the trees are recycled, and the fish have ample food and shelter. The trees also provide natural hiding and breeding places for small fish. The partially submerged vegetation is used by birds and turtles as habitats, as well. Four small islands within Lake Glenview serve as wildlife refuge areas and attract migratory bird species including great blue herons and white egrets. Birdwatchers and others flock to the lookout tower on the peninsula because of its sweeping views of the entire lake. Human visitors can get a close up look at the lake's wetlands from a system of connecting boardwalks and fishing piers extending out over the east side of Lake Glenview. In 2017, the Glenview Park District began issuing permits for non- motorized boating access on Lake Glenview, providing yet another way for residents to appreciate and connect with nature in Glenview. The 2018 boating season begins May 1 and ends October 1, and access permits are for kayaks, canoes and paddle boats. Perhaps the most unforgettable annual event at the lake is the spectacular fireworks display on the 4th of July. Each year, thousands of residents gather to watch the colorful show over the water while enjoying great music and fantastic food. What makes this event even better is that it is partially sponsored by members of the community, and comes together through the efforts of Glenview volunteers. Learn more about boating at Lake Glenview on page 7. Check out our new Learn to Kayak class on page 56. PLACES ▪ 5