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  • Honked off? Here's to making peace with geese Apr 11, 2013 1:30 PM
    It was a rare sight in those days. To catch a glimpse of a Canada goose — and hear the characteristic honking as a flock flew over in V formation — was a thrill for this young boy. It's not quite the same feeling today. Across suburban landscapes, Canada geese are as common as dirt, and even less popular.

  • Spring Spruce-Up: Collaborating for clean parks Mar 27, 2013 3:48 PM
    Spring is a time of revival. It's the same spirit that drove the Fox Valley Park District to create its annual Spring Spruce-Up event five years ago. It's the district's biggest volunteer event of the year, and it brings communities together in the name of common good — beautifying the local parks and trails we share and enjoy.

  • Young Wolf Park on the run to glory Feb 22, 2013 6:35 AM
    Six years ago, Julio Mercado created the Wolf Pack Junior Running Club, and it's been full-speed ahead ever since. Based at the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, the Wolf Pack offers opportunities for children ages 5 to 18 to get involved in the sport of running and enjoy the benefits. "Through running, I wanted to provide local kids with ways to get active and be involved in something healthy," Mercado said.

  • Development of Lippold Park continues in Aurora Feb 14, 2013 11:31 AM
    Further development of Lippold Park will continue this spring, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Trustees Feb. 11 of an $814,500 bid to R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

  • Fitness Fun Fair a great play for kids, families Feb 13, 2013 2:12 PM
    Admit it — you’re one of “them.” You’re one of those who tells the kids to take a break from Xbox and PlayStation. You implore them to get out of the gaming chair, go outside and play, stop texting and “get off the computer already!”

  • Barbecues and picnics – time to reserve your summer site Jan 28, 2013 2:21 PM
    It's not quite time to proclaim spring is here, but you can certainly begin to plan for it. The Fox Valley Park District is already envisioning those warm-weather days. On Friday, Feb. 1, the doors fly open for the outdoor party season as picnic shelter reservations for the 2013 season will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 'Anything Goes' sings with high-seas hilarity in Aurora Jan 10, 2013 2:26 PM
    There's something magical about seeing a vintage show come to life, when yesterday's classic is transformed into a fresh-yet-familiar masterpiece by talented new performers. That would certainly describe the upcoming Winter Stage performance of “Anything Goes,” set for four performances Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11-13, at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora.

  • Fox Valley parks budget focuses on maintaining 4 years of additions Dec 25, 2012 7:00 AM
    Since 2008, the Fox Valley Park District has purchased 112 acres, bridged a gap on the Fox River Trail and made upgrades to Blackberry Farm, Red Oak Nature Center and Stuart Sports Complex, spending all but $5 million of the $44.8 million approved in a 2008 referendum. Now, says Executive Director Nancy McCaul, "The vast majority of our budget is going to be maintaining what we have."

  • Learn money saving tips from ‘Super Coupon Queen’ in Aurora Dec 4, 2012 2:37 PM
    Coupons and a smart shopping game plan are as good as gold in today's economy. Jill Cataldo will detail the secrets and strategies from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, with a workshop at the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora.

  • Catch a ride on the Polar Express in Aurora Nov 23, 2012 9:45 AM
    The Polar Express train is welcoming all aboard during the first two weekends in December at Blackberry Farm for its annual Yuletide celebration amid thousands of glittering lights. "There will literally be thousands and thousands of twinkling lights, from the ticket window at the train depot to the trees along the walkways," said facility supervisor Sandy Smith. "It's a holiday spectacle; a true winter wonderland."

  • Vets work out free this month in Fox Valley Parks centers Nov 5, 2012 8:48 AM
    The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November to be Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with an offer of free admission at its fitness centers and also a complimentary luncheon. Throughout November, veterans may visit any park district fitness facility an unlimited number of times for no charge.

  • A monumental thanks to all our veterans Nov 1, 2012 7:47 AM
    Back in 1989, a memorable event took place in the heart of Aurora as part of a national movement. For several days in May of that year, the Veterans Memorial Moving Wall was stationed at what was then known as Illinois Avenue Island Park. Meant to serve as a traveling tribute to all of our nation's veterans, the wall was visited by more than 150,000 well-wishers.

  • Zombies promise to give racers ‘adrenaline rush’ in new Fox Valley 5K Sep 20, 2012 10:38 AM
    Details of the upcoming Zombie Invasion 5K Run get more and more intricate each time Fox Valley Park District staff members meet to plan the inaugural race. There will be chaser zombies and stumbler zombies; zombie infestation and decontamination zones; 14 obstacles and a party following the race at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. "The theme keeps growing as we have meetings," organizer Jaime Ijams said.

  • Zombie Invasion 5K: Can you survive? Sep 11, 2012 11:24 AM
    So you're a fast runner? Would you run faster if you were being chased by hungry zombies? Find out — if you dare — on Friday, Oct. 5, when the living dead will infest Blackberry Farm for the inaugural Zombie Invasion 5K.

  • Learn all about insects at Bug Fest Aug 23, 2012 10:53 AM
    The buzz is back as Fox Valley Park District's Bug Fest returns Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Red Oak Nature Center, with insects as the star attraction. The event is free, with no registration required. "Bugs are weird, wild, fascinating and often misunderstood," said Margaret Gazdacka, facility manager at the Red Oak.

  • Work and fun: summer internship at the park district Aug 16, 2012 2:45 PM
    With all of its programs and events, the Fox Valley Park District has always provided me opportunities to be active and involved in recreation. It got even better this summer with my internship as the summer marketing assistant. Rather than work, my job here has felt more like an adventure in helping people in our communities enjoy life!

  • Waubonsie Lake: A local treasure discovered anew Jul 30, 2012 2:46 PM
    As the saying goes, there's really nothing like being there. Such is the case with Waubonsie Lake Park. On behalf of the Fox Valley Park District, I'd done numerous press announcements over the last 18 months detailing all the renovations and improvements taking place at this beautiful park. But a recent check-in changed everything and created an even greater sense of appreciation.

  • Trail connection at Fox River gets financial backing Jul 5, 2012 2:56 PM
    South River Street Park along the Fox River's west bank in Aurora soon will become something of a regional pedestrian trail hub thanks in part to a $271,000 state grant. A new ramp connecting the Gilman Trail with the Fox River Trail will be the highlight of the development plan, said Jeff Palmquist, the park district's director of planning, development and grants. "These are two regional trails we wanted to link up," Palmquist said.

  • Keep busy in July, Park and Recreation Month Jun 28, 2012 3:37 PM
    It wasn't long ago when "staycations" were all the rage; stay-at-home vacations that served as an affordable alternative to traveling during a time of high gas prices amid a tough economy. People quickly discovered they didn't have to spend big bucks or drive long distances to enjoy good times with family and friends.

  • Connecting our communities via trails Jun 21, 2012 10:53 AM
    Outside the office window, the Fox River flows. Bicyclists, walkers, in-line skaters and runners shadow the shoreline, flashing in the water's reflection as they happily make their way along the trail. With this view, there's no such thing as a bad day.

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