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Gov. Pat Quinn will be in Riverside on Friday to mark the completion of the Hofmann Dam removal and improvements to Swan Pond Park.
The governor will be joined by local officials as well as representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a press conference slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. on the southwest corner of Fairbank and Barrypoint roads, adjacent to the site of the former dam.
The multi-phase project commenced in late 2011 with the removal of the Armitage Dam farther north on the Des Plaines River and in early 2012 with the removal of the Fairbank Dam, which used to be located on the river a few hundred yards downstream of the Hofmann Dam, between Riverside and Riverside Lawn.
Hofmann Dam notching began in July, and work to regrade Swan Pond Park, remove invasive species along the riverbank and repair the WPA-era retaining wall started in September. In addition, to the regrading, a new asphalt walking path was laid along the Riverside riverbank from the Barrypoint Road bridge to Burling Road.
Work on those two phases largely ended in mid-October. Some additional planting of shrubs along the banks on both sides of the river upstream of the former dam will take place next spring.