At 190 feet high, the Greene Valley Scenic Overlook offers one of the best views in town.
But this beautiful location isn’t a natural feature; it’s actually a repurposed landfill that now serves the community in a number of ways.
There’s a power plant off its base that produces electricity for 7,500 area homes by burning the natural gas it produces.
It’s also open to the public on weekends from May to October – visitors can enjoy the view, bird watch, fly model gliders, and more.
“A lot of what we do is impromptu type programming,” said Justin Frederick, Manager of Site Operations with the DuPage Forest Preserve. “We’ll open the hill early for registered guests to view the sunrise. We’ve also worked with the college of DuPage’s astronomy department and had some stargazing nights.”
Two such special programs coming up this year include a sunrise hike in October, and a hawk migration watch in September.
There’s also 4th of July fireworks viewing from atop the hill, though space is limited and goes fast.
Registration for special Greene Valley Overlook programs can be found on the DuPage Forest Preserve’s website.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.
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