Salt Creek Park
The 92-acre Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve in Wood Dale features elements of DuPage County’s natural and cultural history.
The forest preserve is a mix of upland forest and floodplain woods. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is actively managing the preserve’s natural areas by removing nonnative woody species, which helps species like bur oaks, hickories, and black oaks thrive, preserving habitat for northern orioles, eastern bluebirds, and red-headed woodpeckers.
The land also serves area residents and businesses by storing stormwater from the namesake Salt Creek, thus providing flood control.
Within the forest preserve, the picnic shelter closest to Elizabeth Drive is the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps — a work-relief program that was part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The shelter was one of several structures that the corp built along Salt Creek during the 1930s.