Introducing the Horseshoe Bottoms Committee
The Friends of Rocky Glen now has a Horseshoe Bottoms Committee that has been meeting since Spring of 2017. This land is directly east of Rocky Glen Park and has the potential to expand the public recreation and natural area. There are 200 acres of cornfield and wooded hillsides called Horseshoe Bottoms.
The land is currently owned by 2 different owners – the Peoria Park District and the Greater Peoria Sanitary District. Both of these owners have given our group permission to lead hikes, conduct restoration work days, and to develop a specific technical plan for a privately funded conversion of the cornfield into natural area. The committee is consulting with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wetlands Research Inc, the Nature Conservancy, and Peoria Park District staff to help create that plan. We welcome ideas from anyone, especially the Horseshoe Bottoms neighbors and local groups.
The committee is meeting on a regular basis and is organizing monthly hikes, restoration work days, and fundraisers. Check out the Rocky Glen Calendar page for dates and times. Also, check out the Friends of Horseshoe Bottoms Facebook Page to stay up to date.