June / July 2021


Dear Lemont Residents, Businesses and Users of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area:


Thank you for your support and input as we continue to provide outdoor recreational activities for Lemont residents and visitors and as we continue to clean up, improve and maintain the HQRA.


A pillar of our mission is to develop a race series that utilizes the natural setting of the Forge and surrounding trails.  On Saturday, July 17, 2021 the Forge Off Road Triathlon will be conducted.   


The race is attracting approximately 250 - 300 Triathletes plus spectators from the Chicago area, throughout Illinois and seven different states, including Washington D.C., and Colorado.  This is a great opportunity to promote awareness of the excellent outdoor recreational activities in Lemont and local businesses.


Please be advised that this event will impact the HQRA access road and the trails:


  • The HQRA access road will be closed from 5:00 AM - ~ 9:00 AM.  This road is part of the race bike course and needs to be closed for safety,


  • The parking lots within the HQRA will be closed until ~ 9:00 AM,


  • The trails along the I&M Canal, around the quarries and the trails along the I&M Canal connecting to Safety Village and Pollyanna Brewery Patio will be utilized by the race, 


  • The road from Talcott leading to Olin and the HRQA will be controlled, and,


  • No Parking on the far eastern end of the Safety Village Parking lot on the evening of Friday July 16 until 9:00 AM on Saturday July, 17.


We will cone off and not use the boat trailer parking spaces in the Central lot near the boat launch.  This will allow as early as possible use of these spaces once the road and lots open at 9:00 AM or earlier.  


If you have any questions, please contact: Dave Fako at 708-705-6791 or


Thank you for your understanding.


The Forge: Lemont Quarries