HIGHWOOD – The U.S. military recently erected a 10-foot-high chain-link fence topped with barbed wire on land it owns – and lots of people used to walk and run on – about a quarter-mile north of the Walker Avenue entrance of Openlands Lakefront Preserve.
The fenced-off land is an old U.S. Army landfill now owned by the U.S. Navy and managed by the Army, explained Aimee Collins, Openlands Lakeshore Preserve site manager.
“Openlands’ property boundaries lay where our paved path currently ends on either side of the Navy’s property. Openlands is working with the military to figure out where our trail connection will be placed,” she said.
Previously, people used the Navy landfill to get from one lakefront Openlands area to the next without disruption. Now they need to go around the fence via residential streets in the military housing area, from Johnston to Patten to Chatfield Drives.