In December of 2018, Roscoe Township purchased 17 acres on Hononegah Road for just over half the original asking price. The property contains the original home of Roscoe Township's first non-native settlers, Robert and Hannah Cross. The Township has leased the home and surrounding yard to the Roscoe Township Historical Society, which is raising private funds to restore the home. There have been well over 200 donated hours on the home, in adddition to labor and materials for a new roof on the home in 2019. The community support has been outstanding.
Adjacent to the historic home, will be a 3360sf community center with activities for all ages. It will be built with existing funds and a $704,000 PARC grant awarded in March of 2021.
The remaining acreage will be a unique park with walking paths, sculpture gardens, 3 Sister/community gardens, outdoor market fields, native plantings, prairie restoration and a multi-purpose shelter.
There will be no debt, no borrowing, no bonds, no leasing, and no tax increase. These are funds that have been built up for a nearly 30 year period in our General & Recreation Funds. In the last few years, we've heard from many of our residents as to the desire for such a facility. Roscoe Township has always invested in recreation for our residents. It is part of why this is such a great place to live. We envision a place where residents of all ages can gather for activities, classes, family reunions, small weddings, group events, etc. The possibilities are endless!
We interviewed architects in early 2019, and chose Saavedra Group Architects to lead us through this process. They are long-time Township residents, have donated many hours, and have shown a great desire and a lot of excitement to work on this project in their hometown.
3360SF COMMUNITY BUILDING
COMMUNITY BUILDING FLOOR PLAN
RESTORED ROBERT J. CROSS HISTORICAL HOME