Breaking News Bar
posted: 6/19/2014 1:01 AM

Forest district gathers input on Horizon Farms

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Arnold Randall, the general administrator of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, addresses the audience at the forest preserve's public meeting Wednesday night on what should be done with Horizon Farms at Countryside Elementary School. The forest preserve purchased Horizon Farms, a nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate, earlier this year for $14.5 million.

       Arnold Randall, the general administrator of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, addresses the audience at the forest preserve's public meeting Wednesday night on what should be done with Horizon Farms at Countryside Elementary School. The forest preserve purchased Horizon Farms, a nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate, earlier this year for $14.5 million.
    Doug Graham | Staff Photographer

  • A nearly packed room of Barrington area residents attended a public meeting Wednesday night hosted by the Cook County Forest Preserve District at Countryside Elementary School. More than 150 people attended the meeting, which featured time for public comment on what should be done with Horizon Farms now that it is owned by the forest preserve district.

       A nearly packed room of Barrington area residents attended a public meeting Wednesday night hosted by the Cook County Forest Preserve District at Countryside Elementary School. More than 150 people attended the meeting, which featured time for public comment on what should be done with Horizon Farms now that it is owned by the forest preserve district.
    Doug Graham | Staff Photographer

  • Nancy White, of Barrington, reads comments left by other Barrington area residents on a poster board titled "What is the top priority for Horizon Farms?" at a public meeting held Wednesday night by the Cook County Forest Preserve District at Countryside Elementary School.

       Nancy White, of Barrington, reads comments left by other Barrington area residents on a poster board titled "What is the top priority for Horizon Farms?" at a public meeting held Wednesday night by the Cook County Forest Preserve District at Countryside Elementary School.
    Doug Graham | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Cook County Forest Preserve District hosted its first public meeting Wednesday night to get input on what should be done with Horizon Farms, the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate it recently purchased.

Forest preserve staff members gave little indication of what they plan to do with their newest acquisition, which the district bought for $14.5 million, preferring to ask the residents what they would like to see.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

"We want to make sure we are giving you the facts and that you are hearing it straight from the horse's mouth, no pun intended," General Superintendent Arnold Randall said, which drew a chuckle from the more than 150 Barrington-area residents who filled the Countryside Elementary School auditorium.

Randall, the forest preserve's top administrator, fielded questions from the audience, some of which had to do with horses and if the forest preserve would consider allowing the public to board horses at the estate. Horizon Farms has about 20 horse paddocks, several barns, a large show barn and a racetrack.

Randall said the forest preserve wouldn't be able to give any detailed answers about how the existing facilities on the property would be used until they underwent a thorough safety assessment, which could take the rest of the summer.

Elena Mularski, who lives across the street from Horizon Farms on Old Sutton Road, said she thinks that it is wonderful the forest preserve district will own the property and that it was seeking feedback.

"My concern is the visual part of it," Mularski said. "Right now we look at the beautiful landscape of a horse farm, and I'm just hoping that they aren't going to be putting up structures or roads or things."

After the q-and-a session was over, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin thanked the forest preserve staff for seeking residents' feedback.

"I'm thankful that they're willing to respect the values and traditions of our community," McLaughlin said, calling Horizon Farms one of the most iconic places in Barrington Hills.

Randall said there would be another public meeting in the fall, after the assessment was complete but did not specify a date. Forest preserve staff members sought out the email addresses of all who attended so they could be kept up to date on the process.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here