Collage:  Pickerill Pigott Forest Preserve

(Top Photo, L to R):  75th District State Representative David Welter, Kendall County Forest Preserve President Judy Gilmour, 25th District State Senator Karina Villa, forest preserve Commissioner Robyn Vickers, forest preserve Director David Guritz and State's Attorney Eric Weis participated in the Friday morning ribbon cutting ceremony. Ken Pickerill had the builder of his house engrave fossils onto the brick (lower left photo).  (lower left) Guritz welcomes everyone to the ribbon cutting. ( photos by James Wyman)

The Pickerill Piggott Forest Preserve at 6350 Minkler Rd. in Yorkville is now open.

Local residents and dignitaries gathered on Friday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the 98.8 acre forest preserve.

Kendall County Forest Preserve Director David Guritz welcomed everyone to the ceremony.

The donated Pickerill house and land totaled 29.5 acres. The remaining 69.3 acres were purchased from the Pigott family in 2008 for $4.27 million.

Former Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission President Jeff Wehrli was part of the commission when the land was obtained from long-time Oswego H.S. coach Ken Pickerill.

The Forest Preserve Commission will begin renovating the first floor of the Pickerill House this year after obtaining a grant from the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act.

Kendall County Forest Preserve President Judy Gilmour explained what the Pickerill house will become by October of 2022.

The Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve features a fishing pond, a frog and duck pond with a picnic pavilion, a Woodland Edge Trail Loop, along with washrooms and plenty of parking.

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