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Aurora park receives state grant

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Fox Valley Park District has been awarded a $400,000 grant by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the redevelopment of Copley I Park near downtown Aurora.

Located along South Lake Street and Ridgeway Avenue, Copley I Park is a popular gathering place and longtime favorite venue for baseball and softball games. The master plan for the $897,000 revitalization includes a new playground with an adult fitness area adjacent, new shelter, new restrooms, ball field improvements that include new lights, fencing and drainage, and a renovated basketball half-court.

The nearby Gilman Trail that carries pedestrian and bicycle traffic to and from the park will feature new signage -- including GPS/QR code references. All paths within Copley I Park will be made accessible and new landscaping is planned, along with a resealed and re-striped parking lot.

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