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  • DuPage park districts ‘scrambling’ with state grants suspended Mar 14, 2015 7:35 AM
    Major park district projects are in jeopardy across DuPage County after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend state grants for park construction and land. Plans to buy land that almost became a gas station near Glen Ellyn; to add amenities to a park in Bloomingdale; to create a new recreation center in Roselle; to build an indoor turf center in West Chicago; and to improve a fitness facility in Aurora all were put on hold.

  • St. Charles, other park projects in limbo as state suspends grants Mar 14, 2015 7:45 AM
    The state was supposed to help pay for building Harter Community Park in Sugar Grove; renovations at Peck Farm Park in Geneva; and fixing up Brunner Forest Preserve. Local officials were told this week, however, that their grants have been suspended. "And we don't know if more (suspensions) are forthcoming," said Laurie Metanchuk, spokesman for the Kane COunty Forest Preserve District.

  • Park district issues call for bluebird monitors Mar 3, 2015 2:28 PM
    With the valuable help of community volunteers, the Fox Valley Park District has instituted a Bluebird Boxes Monitoring Program to help facilitate the recovery of bluebird populations and increase their presence in our parks and public places.

  • Fitness Fun Fair in Aurora gets kids moving Feb 7, 2015 7:25 PM
    The annual Fitness Fun Fair for Kids Saturday at Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora was designed to get kids moving in the hope of instilling healthy habits. The event was sponsored by the Fox Valley Park District and featured actvities that included an obstacle course, KitFit demo, basketball toss and age-divided bounce houses.

  • Fitness Fun Fair: Energizing kids for a healthy future Feb 4, 2015 3:50 PM
    For the sake of kids’ health, their well-being and their futures, incorporating fitness into their fun — and vice versa — makes for a winning game plan. That’s what the Fitness Fun Fair for Kids aims to do.

  • Reasons (and places) to love snow, ice and cold Jan 14, 2015 2:26 PM
    Local TV news anchors are aghast, reporting on the recent cold snap as if it were a wild freak of nature that’s descended upon us without warning. Pardon me, but … isn’t this typical January weather? It’s a time of snow, ice and cold that is best greeted with skis, sleds, snowshoes and skates. If it’s going to be cold, that’s how you make the best of it.

  • Fox Valley Park District brings Addams Family to life in musical Jan 7, 2015 12:48 PM
    "The Addams Family: A New Musical" hits the stage at the Fox Valley Park District's Prisco Center in Aurora this weekend, bringing plenty of music, laughter, and creepy fun.

  • North Aurora OKs studying removing dam Jan 6, 2015 12:51 PM
    North Aurora officials Monday gave the state permission to spend up to $500,000 to study how to remove the North Aurora dam, and what the effect would be on the Fox River and the riverbanks.

  • Toys for Tots: We’re all invited to play Dec 10, 2014 1:05 PM
    While some families enjoy overflow holiday celebrations and plentiful presents under the tree, the less fortunate raise a cup that’s half-empty. So once again, the Fox Valley Park District is working as an active partner in local collection efforts to provide gifts for children as part of the national Toys for Tots program.

  • Prescribed burns: Beneficial fires spark nature’s beauty Nov 11, 2014 9:51 AM
    Smokey Bear always warned us – don’t play with fire! But ’ol Smokey approves of prescribed burns. Contrary to destructive wildfires, these are purposely planned and serve to enhance woodlands, prairies and park areas.

  • Colleges work to educate engaged residents Nov 3, 2014 3:15 PM
    At first glance, the connection between fallen leaves and ballots may not be readily apparent. Certainly, the act of raking leaves is as much a symbol of fall as the American rite of the November Election Day.

  • Fall glory: Pumpkin Weekends, Paws in the Park Oct 1, 2014 2:37 PM
    The Fox Valley Park District kicks off a big weekend with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm, and Sunday is Paws in the Park at Lincoln Park.

  • Fox Valley Park District to hold community garage sale Sep 21, 2014 3:53 PM
    Find bargains from 20 sellers in one location, when the Fox Valley Park District holds a community-wide garage sale Saturday, Sept. 27, in Aurora.

  • Watch the Zombie Invasion in Aurora on Saturday Sep 19, 2014 6:01 AM
    Stuart Sports Complex is one lively place, where action-loaded athletic events keep everybody’s pulse pounding. But on Saturday, Stuart will be invaded by the living dead, turning this sports-centric spread into a mecca for mayhem. In the early evening twilight of Sept. 20, real-life zombies — at least the undead ones — will rise from their haunts for the Fox Valley Park District’s Zombie Invasion 5K.

  • Civil War Days revived at Aurora's Blackberry Farm Aug 14, 2014 9:33 AM
    Reading history is one thing. Seeing it acted out and relived brings even greater impact. It will all come to life this weekend at historical Blackberry Farm, where a new event — Civil War Days — stages a full-scale re-enactment of this central event in American history.

  • Stories, battles of Civil War come alive at Aurora’s Blackberry Farm Aug 13, 2014 3:27 PM
    Blackberry Farm will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a weekend-long event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. Civil War Days will be a full-scale re-enactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters will stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life.

  • Fox Valley Park District board to be elected, not appointed Jul 24, 2014 6:00 PM
    Commissioners for the Fox Valley Park District, the second-largest in the state, will be elected rather than appointed by county board chairmen. "I would never argue against democracy," Kane chairman Chris Lauzen said, while expressing some misgivings about the change, which takes effect in 2017.

  • Fox Valley Park District troupe to stage ‘Hairspray’ Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM
    Everything about “Hairspray” is big. The powerful, soul-stirring music. The spectacular sets. The dazzlingly colorful costumes. The bouffant hairdos. The production will have a huge presence this weekend, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage presents “Hairspray” for four shows — Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 — at West Aurora High School.

  • Three DuPage-area park districts receive state construction grants Jul 8, 2014 1:58 PM
    Three area park districts — Naperville, West Chicago and Fox Valley — will receive a total of $7 million in state grant money for construction projects, officials said. Naperville Park District will receive $2.5 million of that total for a new activity center — the maximum amount possible through the state’s Park and Recreation Construction grants program. The West Chicago Park District also is receiving $2.5 million and the Fox Valley Park District is getting $2 million.

  • ‘Harvey Sterkel Field’ coming to Aurora Jun 4, 2014 2:12 PM
    Harvey Sterkel was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of fastpitch softball. Through the Fox Valley Park District and the Aurora Fastpitch Softball Association, “Harvey Sterkel Field” will be dedicated at Stuart Sports Complex around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.

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