Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens is an 85-acre public park consisting of gardens, woodland, wetlands, prairie, and a 10-acre man made lake. The park was created in 1988 for the purpose of providing public recreation opportunities for residents of Chicago’s southwest suburbs, and the lake was excavated as a retention basin to hold storm water before it flows into the Cal-Sag Channel. The Calumet-Saganashkee Channel is a 16-mile-long waterway serves as a navigational channel for barges, industry, and wastewater.
During 2012, Lake Katherine underwent its first large-scale improvement planning process since the park’s formal inception by developing a new Strategic Plan and a full Master Site Plan. The 10-15 year Master Site Plan laid the foundation for how the organization will enhance natural areas, expand recreational activities, encourage lifelong learning, and create new revenue opportunities for self-sufficiency - all within a framework of sustainable development and green infrastructure.
In an effort to better educate our community Lake Katherine publishes an annual report that is distributed to all residents of the City of Palos Heights and other supporters.