Stakeholders Contribute to the Conversation

February 21, 2018

As the Historic Methodist Campground moves forward with their new vision, area stakeholders and key advisor's gathered at the Des Plaines History Center Feb 15 to discuss next steps regarding the historic campground revitalization project.  


As a follow up to the 2016 workshop, participants learned more about the area and the camp's history, shared current perceptions, identified key opportunities for future use of the campground along with valuable feedback on avenues for moving forward.


The workshop was hosted by the Des Plaines History Center, and facilitated by Shift2Green and the Design Workshop.


HMC is moving towards a new vision to turn their historic 158-year old campground into the heart of our community and a leader in sustainable community development through service learning.  



Attendees included: 

  • City of Des Plaines Engineering

  • City of Des Plaines Economic Development

  • City of Des Plaines - Library

  • City of Des Plaines History Center

  • Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

  • Chicago District Campground Association

  • The Design Workshop

  • Landmarks Illinois

  • Northeastern Illinois University 

  • The Rebuilding Exchange

  • Shift2Green

  • UIC Extension 4H

  • Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA)






The Design Workshop, a national leader in consensus-based design provides landscape architecture, planning, urban design and strategic services to clients in North America and throughout the world. Over 40 years of experience and a commitment to creating special places that meet today's needs and that are sustainable environments for all. 


Shift2Green is a community organization working with local businesses and youth groups that support not-for-profits and citizen groups contributing to a healthy, peaceful, clean energy future. With support from corporations committed to social responsibility, Shift2Green develops and implements engaging workshops, activities, and events that foster youth leadership development to positively impact our communities. 



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