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Turning Quarries into Parks

2012-06-01, Department , by Dan Martin, Helene Berlin

Aerial view of the redeveloped Independence Grove quarry in Libertyville, Illinois.Quarries are everywhere.  The construction industry’s insatiable need for sand, gravel, and stone for roads, buildings, and landscaping keeps the extraction industry constantly digging holes in the ground and taking huge bites out of hillsides from coast to coast.  Communities grow right around them.  Little-used quarries become hidden behind fences and walls. 

In recent years, pa....

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