Park District tabs improvements for North Aurora riverfront



NORTH AURORA – The Fox Valley Park District Board of Trustees on Monday approved a pair of concept plans that will further improve a couple of popular gathering areas along the Fox River on either side of the State Street Bridge.

A proposed new picnic shelter and riverfront plaza will replace the existing structure at North Aurora Island Park. While similar in size, the new shelter will feature a larger concrete pad to better accommodate large group gatherings. The design also includes an attractively styled, curved stone seat wall.

A concept plan for the undeveloped area north of the State Street Bridge on the river’s west side features a seating plaza overlook that will enhance the highly visible gathering spot just south of the dam through the use of stone, boulders and tiered seat walls.

“These plans provide an appropriate blend of formality and function, while complementing the natural setting along these riverside areas,” said Jeff Palmquist, director of planning, development and grants. 

The proposed projects are part of the District’s 2008 Open Space, Park and Recreation Investment (OSPRI) plan are consistent with the North Aurora River District Alliance (NOARDA) riverfront master plan to bring environmental and educational enhancements to the riverfront area.

Concept plan for the new overlook in North Aurora