A Hofmann Dam River Rat volunteer cleans up debris in the woods along the Des Plaines River on Saturday April 29, 2023. | Todd A. Bannor

April 29 – the day after Arbor Day – was a busy day for the environmentally conscious in Riverside, despite some chilly and rainy conditions. From 9 a.m. to noon volunteers from the Hofmann Dam River Rats fanned out in the forest preserve across the river to clean up the riverbank and trails. During that same time, Frederick Law Olmsted Society volunteers joined Village Forest Mike Collins in planting a pair of oak trees at the Longcommon/Downing Triangle. That afternoon, FLOS and village officials (including former FLOS President Cathy Maloney, joined by her husband, Mike) gathered on the bluff of Swan Pond to cut the ribbon on the Olmsted Overlook, a grove of native trees planted by FLOS last April in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth.

Photos by Todd A. Bannor