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Algonquin buying 20 acres of land to use for passive recreation

ALGONQUIN – Algonquin trustees approved purchasing about 20 acres of land for $607,000, which will be used for passive recreation and stormwater detention, Village Manager Tim Schloneger said.

Trustees approved purchasing the property, known as the old Sarah Fields property at 5615 Edgewood Drive, at a Village Board meeting Tuesday.

Public Works Director Robert Mitchard said the north reach of Ratt Creek runs through the property, and the village will work to restore the land around the creek.

“We are intending on putting some pedestrian paths through there and revitalizing it as a natural area,” Mitchard said. “It’s a beautiful piece of property – probably the nicest piece of property in the area – and we want to conserve it as open space.”

The creek feeds into the Fox River, so Mitchard said officials want to repair the creek’s stream because any erosion runs into the river.

The property was bought from Sarah Barnhart-Fields – who is a sculptor, artist and Algonquin resident – and the property was handed down through her family, Mitchard said. There are three buildings on the property: an old farmhouse, a barn and a split-level workshop where Fields works, Mitchard said.

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