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  • RiverEdge Park, which opened in June to host the annual Blues on the Fox Festival, is the highlight of Aurora's recent redevelopment efforts along the Fox River through its downtown.

       RiverEdge Park, which opened in June to host the annual Blues on the Fox Festival, is the highlight of Aurora's recent redevelopment efforts along the Fox River through its downtown.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • North Aurora Trustee Chris Faber says his town sees the potential of the Fox River, although much of it is hidden behind shops facing Route 31.

      North Aurora Trustee Chris Faber says his town sees the potential of the Fox River, although much of it is hidden behind shops facing Route 31.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Batavia officials know there still is much work to do along the Fox River, where remnants from a bygone era, such as the Challenge Windmill factory, still sit.

       Batavia officials know there still is much work to do along the Fox River, where remnants from a bygone era, such as the Challenge Windmill factory, still sit.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • The Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival is one of the few large events hosted along the Fox River in Geneva, where officials have identified opportunity sites for redevelopment, but the river flows about a third of a mile from the heart of the downtown.

       The Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival is one of the few large events hosted along the Fox River in Geneva, where officials have identified opportunity sites for redevelopment, but the river flows about a third of a mile from the heart of the downtown.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • The Fox River flows right past St. Charles city hall, hosts events such as Pride of the Fox's annual Riverfest, and bisects the community, but some involved with the River Corridor Foundation are frustrated with the lack of progress made on a river-centered master plan approved more than a decade ago.

      The Fox River flows right past St. Charles city hall, hosts events such as Pride of the Fox's annual Riverfest, and bisects the community, but some involved with the River Corridor Foundation are frustrated with the lack of progress made on a river-centered master plan approved more than a decade ago.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Justin Hodge's Blue Hippo Pedal Boats owns one of at least two businesses to open recently in downtown Elgin, taking advantage of the beauty of the Fox River to attract business.

       Justin Hodge's Blue Hippo Pedal Boats owns one of at least two businesses to open recently in downtown Elgin, taking advantage of the beauty of the Fox River to attract business.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The largest employer in Carpentersville, Otto Engineering, has sparked redevelopment efforts along the Fox River, which have included reconstruction of the Main Street Bridge and completion of Tim "Mackers" McNamee Park.

       The largest employer in Carpentersville, Otto Engineering, has sparked redevelopment efforts along the Fox River, which have included reconstruction of the Main Street Bridge and completion of Tim "Mackers" McNamee Park.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Riverfront Park and Cornish Park are highlights of Algonquin's efforts to better utilize the Fox River, which the village hopes to continue by collaborating with several other groups to seek funding for a study of how to enhance riverfront recreational opportunities.

      Riverfront Park and Cornish Park are highlights of Algonquin's efforts to better utilize the Fox River, which the village hopes to continue by collaborating with several other groups to seek funding for a study of how to enhance riverfront recreational opportunities.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 

As towns along the Fox River have heightened their efforts to revitalize their shorelines and nearby downtowns, here are the main completed projects and some still in the planning stage.

Aurora

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Completed: The Music Garden at RiverEdge Park, an amphitheater-style music venue

Upcoming: A new main branch of the Aurora Public Library

North Aurora

Completed: Water Wonders interactive stream

Envisioned: Sculpture garden in Riverfront Park

Batavia

Completed: The Batavia Riverwalk with a wildlife sanctuary, warming house and band shell

Envisioned: Streetscape improvements on First, Houston and Water streets and Shumway Avenue

Geneva

Completed: Geneva on the Dam commercial complex

Envisioned: Redevelopment of the former Mill Race Inn and Geneva Bottling Works

St. Charles

Completed: Bob Leonard Memorial River Walk and a canoe launch

Envisioned: Gardens, boat docks, pedestrian bridges and more outlined in a decade-old master plan for the river

Elgin

Completed: The Centre of Elgin recreation facility and the Gail Borden Public Library

Coming soon: Riverside Drive reconstruction

Carpentersville

Completed: Main Street Bridge renovation

Envisioned: Drainage improvements and demolition of abandoned huts

Algonquin

Completed: Cornish Park and Riverfront Park improvements

Envisioned: Study river recreational opportunities

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