Landscape Advisory Commission
About the Commission
The Landscape Advisory Commission (LAC) prepares and recommends to the Board of Trustees a Master Landscape Plan for all public areas, prepares an inventory of all trees and plantings within Riverside parks, and advises the Board of Trustees on treatment and disease prevention methods for all plantings.
Riverside's public green spaces are integral to Frederick Law Olmsted's design, and to the Village's National Historic Landmark designation. To help preserve this treasured legacy, the Village's Landscape Advisory Commission is charged with developing a Master Landscape Plan (PDF). The plan offers guidelines on how best to steward our public land in the present day, and, on a periodic basis, reviews the present condition of public lands against the guidelines as set forth in the Master Landscape Plan.
Nature by Design Games– The Commission recently donated educational backpacks with games and activities teaching planned community design, garden design, and natural areas exploration to the Riverside Public Library. Nature by Design Games make the perfect rainy-day activity. The backpacks will be available for checkout at the Library. Funding was provided by a ComEd Green Grant and Openlands.
The LAC works in concert with the Village Forester and Department of Public Works.
The LAC sponsors events to help educate and inspire residents and visitors about the one-of-a-kind landscape in Riverside.
Picnic Like It's 1869
Back by popular demand! - Tentatively. This is a fun, socially distant, BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) event. Please plan on using recyclable and compostable materials, just like they did in the old days. This event will be held in September or October on the Swan Pond hill, just west of the Library. Details will be available closer to the date.
(Spring & Fall) - May return in the Fall of 2020.
Join docents for a tour of Riverside’s Guthrie Park trees – young and old! The Village of Riverside was certified as an arboretum in 2015. Learn more about the Village's ArbNet Accreditation or take a virtual tour here.
Volunteer to Help Beautify Riverside
The Landscape Advisory Commission works with volunteers throughout the Village to help beautify and maintain the landscape. This is an opportunity to meet some of your neighbors and improve our community. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have ideas of your own, please contact the Village Office at 708-447-2700 or visit the Volunteer webpage.
There are many volunteer opportunities including:
• Landscape Work Days – Special planting days, weeding and invasive plant control
• Leading tours of the Village Arboretum or Natural Areas (in Development)
• Stewardship of green spaces (in Development)
Completed Projects - Thank you Volunteers!
• Swan Pond Planting - Over 9,000 plants!
• Tree Tagging – Name tags have been placed on trees in Guthrie Park.
• Natural Areas Restoration – Girl Scouts removed invasive species and planted natives along the Des Plaines River.
Other Projects Available – Find details here!
- ArbNet Accreditation - In September 2015, the Village of Riverside was recognized as an arboretum for its unique tree plantings, and for its stewardship of the landscape. The Village of Riverside was certified as an arboretum in 2015. Enter a street to get names and diameters about the trees in Riverside’s parkways and parks. See detailed information about the trees in Guthrie Park.
- Landscaping in the Landmark Village of Riverside - A Homeowner Guide to help residents consider design and use of plants in their own yards, as well as special considerations for the public lands in Riverside.
- iNaturalist – View identifications of plants and animals in Riverside and worldwide. Also upload your own photos any time of the year to have experts identify your specimen. Download the iNaturalist app to your device.