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Will County, Illinois

Per the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:
Township Population 39,059
Village Population 24,220

 

Open Space


Homer Township is rich in history, volunteer spirit, and scenic and natural resources.
The Township is fortunate to have the Open Space program which was established in 1999 through citizen-based initiative. By law the purpose of Open Space is to promote preservation of the natural environment, scenic resources, geological features and historic sites.  With that vision in mind the Open Space Planning & Operations Committee is dedicated to promoting opportunities for educational programs, outdoor recreation and conservation practices for our community. In light of rapid residential growth it is important to set aside open land that can be preserved for all residents, wildlife, and nature alike.  To date the Township has acquired over 200 Open Space acres, most of which continues to be farmed to allow for the best management of the land. The Open Space Planning & Operations Committee is currently working on long-term plans for the sites.


Welter Farm & Barn

Welter Farm is on Bell Road just south of 143rd Street. The front part of the farm was purchased by the Township for the Senior Housing project. The deconstruction of the (Austin) Welter Barn was performed by Preservation Trades, Inc. in October, 2002, as requested by Homer Township. The original three-bay, hand-hewn oak, c 1850 English style barn was considered an historic building worthy of preservation. The Welter Barn is a beautiful example of the craftsmanship and pride of the community's forbearers and is the well-received centerpiece of the Trantina Farm complex where community events and future generations can enjoy the history and function.


COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES & PHOTOGRAPHY
ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED


Trantina Farm
15744 W. 151st Street, Lockport

(For navigational purposes only. No mail service available)

Infrastructure improvements include a covered pavilion, a screen house, parking lots, latrine, picnic areas, playground, walking & equestrian trails, a dog park, wetland & prairie restoration.

This parcel of land is located on the North side of 151st Street
between  Cedar Road & Gougar Road.

In July 2015 the Austin-Welter Barn was designated
an historical Will County landmark!



Trantina Dog Park
15717 W. 151st. Street, Lockport (South side of 151st Street)

(For navigational purposes only, no mail service available)

Notice of Change

-Use at your own risk-
-Please clean up after your pet-

At the present time there are no fees to use
this public dog park where all are welcome.
 Please put waste in the proper receptacles.
The park is open from dawn to dusk.


COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES & PHOTOGRAPHY
ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED

Paul FarmPaul Farm
16349 W. 151st Street, Lockport

(For navigational purposes only, no mail services)

A 56 acre open space site located between Gougar Road & Farrell Road on south side of 151st Street. This site contains a natural forested area and remnants of original farmstead buildings.

Purdy sign
Purdy Farm
15832 W. Bruce Road, Lockport

(For navigational purposes only, no mail services)


An 86 acre open space site located on the southwest side of the Township at the corner of Gougar Road & 175th Street (Bruce Road). This was the first piece of property the Township purchased for Open Space through its Open Space Program. Although currently farmed, there are a few areas identified as being within the FEMA flood plain that most likely will be restored back to their original wetlands as future development plans unfold.

Erin Hills Marsh- Open Space Homer Glen Marsh
 (In the Erin Hills Subdivision)

A 10 acre parcel donated by the Water Company in 2004.
Long Run Creek runs through the naturalized area.