Cary Panel Nixes Baseball Stadium Idea Officials Say Stadium Doesn't Fit in with Community
Johnson, Anna, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Anna Johnson Daily Herald Staff Writer
A baseball stadium does not belong in Cary, task force members agreed Tuesday night.
After residents voiced concerns about potential traffic, lights and noise, the Cary Park District's Hoffman Park Task Force, unanimously voted against allowing a baseball stadium in Hoffman Park.
"Cary is a small, well-kept community that holds together...I don't think this (a stadium) fits into the community," said task force member Dan Voelz.
About a month ago, a representative from a group of local investors proposing the creation of a semi-professional baseball team in McHenry County approached the task force about the possibility of building a 5,000-seat ballpark on the 270-acre Hoffman Park property.
Now that the task force shot down the proposal, investors will most likely have to look elsewhere in the county.
"I respect their (the task force) opinion," said Gill Gulbrandson, a Cary resident and McHenry County baseball team supporter. "But I feel it would be a good usage to the west of the property. …