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posted: 2/3/2014 8:03 AM

Make your shelter reservations for the summer

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Submitted by Fox Valley Park District

The Fox Valley Park District will begin accepting picnic shelter reservations Monday, Feb. 3, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The park district features 16 picnic shelters throughout its park system in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery. Reservations are available from May 1 to Oct. 26 for groups of 25 or more.

The reservation fee for shelters is $60 for residents and $90 for nonresidents. A $100 refundable security fee is required as well. Reservations include exclusive use of the shelter, pavilion and grill areas during the reserved time. However, as public parks, the open space and playground areas remain open to others.

Capacity ranges from 30 to 150 people at all of the shelters except Cool Acres, which can accommodate groups as large as 200. Cool Acres -- located on the Fox River along Route 25 and Sullivan Road -- is the only shelter area that allows consumption of alcohol. Additional fees and permits are required.

Jericho Lake Park will not be available for shelter reservations during the 2014 season due to a major renovation project that begins there in May.

Reservations are taken in-person at the Cole Center, 101 W. Illinois Ave.; Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave.; and Eola Center, 555 S. Eola Road, during weekday hours. A concept book is also available at each facility, providing an aerial overview and numerous photos from each reservable park site.

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