Riverwalk Park & Canoe Launch News Release!


Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush announced at the latest City Council meeting that Calumet City was awarded two grants totaling $480,000 to construct a new Riverwalk Park and canoe launch along the banks of the Little Calumet River just west of the River Oaks Center Mall.

Mayor Qualkinbush and Aldermen thanked the Economic Development Department for their hard work on obtaining the funding.

“This is exciting news for our City. We thank the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for partnering with us to develop this area for our residents and those in the region to enjoy nature and open spaces for decades to come,” Qualkinbush said.

$80,000 was awarded from the Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) and $400,000 was awarded through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) programs through the IDNR. The proposed site is located is located in the 159th/River Oaks Corridor where the City recently approved a tax incentive plan to spur economic, as well as recreation growth.

The City hopes to get the multi-million dollar project off the ground by this summer. Other amenities will include construction of an amphitheater/band shell, Riverwalk pier, boardwalk, dog park and picnic shelters. Plans are underway for connections to the Burnham Greenway and other pedestrian routes.

Plan Provided is Conceptual