Open Space District
In 1985, Libertyville Township made a bold and progressive move by establishing
the first Township Open Space District in Illinois. This innovative land
protection program was funded by a 22.6 million-dollar bond referendum
approved by the residents of Libertyville Township. The Open Space Bond was
retired fully paid in October, 2003. Since land acquisition began in 1986, over
1,500 acres of irreplaceable open space have been protected with these funds.
Two of these sites, Oak Openings and Liberty Prairie, are so ecologically
significant that they have received the state’s highest protection status as
Illinois Nature Preserves.
is actively managing this open space to provide the following benefits
to the public:
• Protection of our
rural landscape within the township
• Sites for active recreation (soccer, baseball, etc.)
• Opportunities for passive recreation (bird watching, hiking, biking,
• 6.4 miles of constructed recreation trails
• Ecological restoration projects enhancing biodiversity
The Winchester Road
Soccer Complex site was leased by the Township to the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex, Inc. in 1992 for a period
of fifty years in an effort to provide more active recreational opportunities
for Township residents, in addition to the passive recreational opportunities
and ecological restoration taking place elsewhere. The soccer complex
is home to a number of different soccer clubs, including the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association,
the Mundelein American
Youth Soccer Association,
and games played by Libertyville High School. In all, the complex serves as the
home field for almost 4,000 area youth soccer players. The
complex is also used by a variety of adult competitive and recreational
players both on a regular basis and for special events.
The Township owns and maintains
property south of Countryside Manor known as Lindholm Park, which was acquired in
1984 from the Village of Libertyville. It is maintained by the Township for active
and passive recreation, and is used as a practice location for local baseball,
softball, and soccer teams. Due to increased use, the Township has implemented
a scheduling system for sport use of the fields. Please
call the Township offices for further information.
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You can view the online
version of the Township's Open Space
Inventory here. The full version is available as a hardcopy at both
the Township Office and the Cook
Memorial Public Library.
is committed to preserving and responsibly managing these special places
we call open space. As part of this management, we have partnered with Conserve Lake County
to provide a volunteer program to help manage our Illinois Nature Preserves.
We would welcome your help in this volunteer effort. Click here for more volunteer information.
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For questions or more information
about the Open Space District, please call the Township at (847) 816-6800,
or (847) 362-9760.