Collage: Pickerill House Dave Guritz

Governor JB Pritzker announced last Monday that the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve at 6350 Minkler Rd. in Yorkville has been awarded an $828,200 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Recreational Facility Construction Act Grant Program. Top left photo shows the Pickerill house as it looks today.  Bottom photo shows what part of the renovation will look like. Kendall County Forest Preserve Director David Guritz (top right) applied for the grant.  (Renovation photo provided; other photos for WSPYNews.com by James Wyman)

Governor JB Pritzker announced last Monday that the Kendall County Forest Preserve has been awarded an $828,200 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Recreational Facility Construction Act Grant Program for renovation of the Ken and Jackie Pickerill estate house at the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve at 6350 Minkler Rd. in Yorkville.

The grant will help finance a development project to renovate and update the Pickerill Estate House with ADA renovations and construction of an adjoining open-air pavilion.

The Kendall County Forest Preserve's required match will be $279,599, with a total coast of $1,107,799.

Kendall County Forest Preserve Director David Guritz spoke about the grant.

The Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve is scheduled to open to the public on June 4 of this year.

Guritz said the design work on the house will also begin this year, with actual construction beginning in 2022.  The Pickerill house renovation should be completed next year.

Guritz said that forest preserve will borrow the $279,599 match money.

The Pickerill house and land totaled 29.5 acres. The remaining 69.3 acres of the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve was purchased from the Pigott family in 2008 for $4.27 million.

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