Barr Landscaping & Lawn Service, Inc. serves Bloomington IL and the surrounding area with high quality lawn and landscape care as well as landscape design and installation. If you are looking for a reliable and reputable lawn care company for your home of business, give Barr Landscaping & Lawn Service, Inc. a call today. Since 1989, the owner of the company has strived to provide the best customer service possible; many of those original folks who utilized his services back then are still customers today!
Bloomington, Illinois is located in McLean County and is the fifth largest city in the state outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Located approximately 40 minutes southeast of Peoria and 2 hours southwest of Chicago, Bloomington is a thriving city that is close enough to the major city to enjoy a day or weekend out while still being far enough to enjoy its suburban amenities. Bloomington is over 27 square miles in size and has a population of over 73,000 residents. Bloomington is considered a twin city of Normal. With a combined population exceeding 130,000, this area of Illinois is a bustling place with plenty to see and do.
Settlers began showing up in the Bloomington area as early as 1820. Originally called Keg Grove and then Blooming Grove, because it was situated at the edge of a large grove, the name transitioned to Bloomington when it became the county seat upon the establishment of McLean County. 60 acres of land were up for grabs at this time and, although roads were scarce, farmers found a lot of rich soil to help raise their crops and started purchasing land. Downtown Bloomington became a center of trade bringing folks from all over Illinois into the area including a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln.
During the 20th century, Bloomington continued to grow as more roads and railroads were established. The business of agriculture and insurance became the economic driving force throughout the 1900’s. Home to State Farm Insurance, Bloomington is still a major city for insurance. State Farm Insurance employs over 14,000 residents in the area making it the largest employer in Bloomington with more employees than the next nine companies within the list of top ten employers combined.
The largest companies by employee count in Bloomington are:
• State Farm Insurance
• Illinois State University
• Country Financial
• Unit 5 School District
• Advocate Bromenn Medical Center
There are many fun and unique things to do in Bloomington. The Bloomington Center of Performing Arts was built in 1921 and boasted the largest stage west of New York. Over 1,300 people come to watch a variety of performances that have graced the stage. The cultural district in Bloomington is filled with everything one could ask for in the world of art and entertainment such as:
• A community players theatre
• The Illinois Symphony Orchestra
• The Illinois Wesleyan University Merwin Galleries
• The McLean County Arts Center
• The Miller Park Outdoor Summer Theatre
• The Twin Cities Ballet.
On top of all this is the Illinois Shakespeare Festival featuring amazing performances all summer long.
Parks in Bloomington
There are over 1,100 acres of land in Bloomington maintained by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. Amongst all this land are:
• 38 park sites
• 3 golf courses
• 1 ice rink
• 2 aquatic facilities
For anyone who loves being outdoors and active, Bloomington is a great spot for you. You have countless options such as fishing, camping, hiking and picturesque areas to have a picnic. There are plenty of playgrounds, mini golf courses and even a skate park for the kids. Included in the Parks & Recreation Department is the Miller Park Zoo. Perfect for kids and adults, the zoo features all kinds of animals from flamingos to tigers and frequently hosts fun events such as a 5k race that benefits the Miller Park Zoological Society.
Call Barr Landscaping & Lawn Service, Inc.
Work schedules, weekend activities and relaxation is part of life so why throw in the chore of doing your own lawn care? At Barr Landscaping & Lawn Service, Inc., we can ensure your grass is properly fertilized, your trees and strong and healthy, and your patio and garden are beautifully built. Give us a call and discover why so many residents and businesses in Bloomington IL choose Barr Landscaping & Lawn Service, Inc.
Our professionals will treat your landscape like their own.