Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Land Acquisition Turns Farm into District Park

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Land Acquisition Turns Farm into District Park

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In May, CorLands, a corporation dedicated to preserving open lands, acquired an 11.8-acre Sunny Hill Horse Farm on behalf of the Stream-- wood Park District. Owned by Jim and Sandy Demmitt for the past 24 years, the farm is located a half-mile west of Illinois route 59, which bisects Streamwood. Immediately to the north and east are large new subdivisions. Although the land to the west remains horse farms for now, that situation is changing as residential developers continue to gobble up land in the area. Over the past two years, the Park District's search for land west of Illinois Route 59 to transform into a much-needed park had been unsuccessful. Because of the Demmitt's interest to sell, the Park District knew it had to act quickly or the property would be gone.

When CorLands representatives met with the Demmitts, they were fortunate to find conservationists. "My children grew up on the farm and my grandchildren have enjoyed it," said Jim Demmitt. "We didn't want to sell to a developer and see our property destroyed with new housing." The acquisition of Sunny Hill Horse Farm is a win-win situation for both the residents of Streamwood and the Demmitts. The park will eventually provide recreational opportunities for people of all ages and will likely include baseball and soccer fields.

Nature-oriented activities may also be included to take advantage of the lovely site, which features rolling terrain, huge oak trees, sprawling horse pasture areas, and a meandering creek. Jim Demmitt is delighted with the outcome of the venture. …

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