Village Hall anchors the Municipal Center. The Village Office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Village meetings are held in the Council Chambers. The municipal center has a Community Room with a 60 person capacity available to local residents for non-profit club and organization meetings on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservation and $25 key deposit are required. Contact the Administrative Assistant at 847-381-6010 to check for room availability.
An Arboretum was established on the Municipal Center grounds in 2008 with the planting of six unique trees in celebration of Arbor Day. Four native species trees were added to celebrate Arbor Day 2009. Arboretum trees can be identified by the information plaques which provide facts about each respective tree. For more information regarding the Arboretum, go to the In the Arboretum webpage.
Village Hall serves as the home for a naturalized basin and rain garden, a result of an affiliation among the Village of Lake Barrington, Flint Creek Watershed Partnership and Trillium Native Landscapes, Inc. The transformation of the prairie was funded 60% by a 319 grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Completed in 2010, the Lake Barrington Village Hall Detention Basin is located on the east side of the building and serves to be scenic, blooming with abundant plantings of the county’s native species. More significantly, it serves to filter runoff from the playground and the parking lot, and also contains an animal- and insect-reinforced ecosystem.
The developed prairie grounds serve as an ecosystem including Goldenrods, Purple Coneflowers, Blue Aster flowers, various butterflies such as the Painted Lady species, and the American Goldfinch bird, who feeds on the seeds of the coneflowers and Brown-Eyed Susans within the naturalized basin. The prairie cord grass, which serves as foundation for the prairie, is specialized to manage soil stabilization in areas of flowing water.
In 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chicago Wilderness selected the Lake Barrington Village Hall Detention Basin for the 2011 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. This award recognizes that the area is commendable in ecosystem restoration and protection, native landscaping, and conservation design. The award recognizes that these components are combined to create a habitat for plant and animal life that provides environmental benefits, such as filtering the run-off and maintaining a cleaner ecosystem for plant life, animals, insects, and the people.
This past spring, an educational sign was installed to provide visitors with information regarding the native plant life and the environmental benefits of rain gardens.
M. Keeley, 2013 Summer Intern
Lake County Forest Preserve District Grassy Lake Preserve Trail
The main trailhead is located at the end of a short walk between Village Hall and the tennis courts. Pets are allowed on a leash only and owners are asked to pick up after their pets. Bikes are not permitted on the trail.
Lake County Forest Preserves made land acquisitions to enlarge the Preserve. A Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves brochure that was released in 2011 illustrated the preliminary master plan to add three miles of trails to the existing 3.4 mile system, build a rustic canue landing, add bridges, boardwalks and scenic overlooks and create visitor learning opportunities focusing on the natural world and historic heritage of Lake County.
The Lake Barrington Countryside Park District (LBCPD) provides recreational amenities on the Municipal Campus through an intergovernmental agreement with the Village. Below are pictures regarding the LBCPD Tennis Courts, Water Spray Park, Playground and Pavilion Area, and Baseball Field provided by the District.
The Lake Barrington Countryside Park District welcomes new ideas for future recreation. Please contact Linda Peterson, District Secretary, via email at LInda@GraftBuilder.com with your ideas or questions.
CLICK HERE to visit the Lake Barrington Countryside Park District website to learn more about the park amenities.
Making a Splash!
The Lake Barrington Countryside Park District has begun installation of the water spray park and bathroom facility near the tot lot east of the Village Hall parking lot. The sprays will be activated by a personal control and a timing mechanism. Benches will be installed around the perimeter for chaperones to keep an eye on their children. Click on the picture on the right for more information.
Example of a spray park-for illustration only. Click above for more information.
Two tennis courts are available. A bracket racket was installed for those who arrive only to find the court occupied. Lights on timers are available with operating instructions posted on the fence as you enter. The lights can not be turned on after 10 p.m. The District hopes you take the opportunity to enjoy playing both in the daytime and into the evening hours.
Playground & Pavilion Area
Two sets of playground equipment are adjacent to a picnic pavilion. Going Green!Rubberized mulch made from recycled tires is used for the playground bed.It makes for a softer landing and will not decompose.It is made from recycled tires.Feel free to get a closer look. The District chose this material for its low maintenance and long term reduced costs. You will be amazed at how natural this looks.
Baseball Field - Play Ball!
The baseball field is properly sized for kids up to age 12.It makes for a perfect practice field.Barrington Youth Baseball and Softball has agreed to maintain the field with grass mowing still part of the Village's campus maintenance program.Remember to keep in mind less parking is available on the evenings when the Village Board or Park District meetings are held.Parking might become an issue on those evenings.