In 1985, the Wheeling Park District chose to acquire the Last Four Acres Subdivision, which was the last four acres of the Lemke Farm in south Wheeling, because of its proximity to the John Muir School site owned by the Prospect Heights Park District. The Commissioners envisioned that the two areas could be developed cooperatively into an eight-to-ten acre joint site for the benefit of residents of both park districts.
That farsightedness became a reality in 1997, when partial funding was obtained through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Open Space Land Acquisition/Development Program (OSLAD). Soon after the acquisition in 1998 of a small second parcel on Equestrian Lane, the Wheeling Park District was granted a Special Use and Site Plan Approval from the Village of Wheeling to begin development of the park. Due to the initiative and input of the neighborhood’s residents, the Wheeling and Prospect Heights Park Districts were able to design and implement a plan for wetland preservation and enhancement, nature trails, athletic field, playgrounds, basketball, and walking/jogging paths.
590 Equestrian Drive Wheeling Illinois 60090 United States
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