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  • Fox Valley Park District offers two-for-one dealApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Summer will arrive eventually — it always does — and, based on recent years, we’ll have plenty of hot, scorching days. That’s why the time is right — now — to make plans for keeping cool during the solar vortex that’s sure to come.

  • A pair of volunteers helps clean up along the Fox River Trail during a previous Spring Spruce-Up, which will be held Saturday, April 26, at four park sites.

    Spring Spruce-Up: Collaborating for clean parksApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite this polar vortex that won’t let go, the spring season is starting to flex its muscles, ready to give the cold weather a swift and final kick into oblivion. It’s time to get outdoors and celebrate, which the Fox Valley Park District plans to do on Saturday, April 26, with its sixth annual Spring Spruce-Up. The district’s biggest volunteer event of the year brings communities together in the name of common good — beautifying the local parks and trails we share and enjoy.

  • Paddlers of all ages and abilities will take to the Fox River on June 1, when the Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race returns for its 53rd year.

    Frozen now, but Fox River will be hoppin’ for Mid-Am RaceFeb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    For much of this winter, the Fox River has looked more like frozen tundra than a vibrant waterway; a cold, white sheen of snow-caked ice, crisscrossed by wayward snowmobile trails and skinny ski tracks. But the Fox will spring to life on the first Sunday in June as the Mid-America Canoe and Kayak Race returns for its 53rd year running.

  • Lining lake shorelines with native plants, these Waubonsie Valley High School students teamed with the Fox Valley Park District to promote sustainability. The plants filter runoff, keeping waterways clean and creating a healthier environment for residents and wildlife alike.

    Piloting sustainability, FVPD a green leaderFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sustainability initiatives go back to the very origins of the Fox Valley Park District, which was created in 1947 to “protect and preserve scenic vistas along the Fox River,” among many other aspirations.

  • Barbecues and picnics – reserve your summer site Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    It may be cold outside, but the Fox Valley Park District is already looking ahead to spring and summer. On Monday, Feb. 3, the outdoor party season begins — at least the planning part — when picnic shelter reservations become available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  •  From left, Fabian Guerrero as Shrek, Elisabeth Coster as Princess Fiona and Jake Ziman as Donkey perform the leading roles in “Shrek the Musical,” which hits the stage at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora this weekend for four shows.

    ‘Shrek’ takes the stage at Fox Valley Park District Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Life doesn’t always go as planned — even in fairy tales. But a few detours and reroutes can make for an adventurous trip — as in the case of a hulking, green ogre named Shrek.

  • Fox Vally Park District wants to hear from residents Nov 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    What do you think? The Fox Valley Park District wants to know — with a survey campaign that’s all about listening. The park district values two-way communication, because it’s essential in determining how to best serve its 233,000 residents across Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery.

  •  Four new ball fields radiate from a stylish shelter that serves as the hub for a 135-acre expansion — which also includes 11 additional soccer fields — at Stuart Sports Complex in Montgomery. Estimates are for a mid-2014 opening.

    Sneak peek at new Stuart Sports Complex Oct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Stuart Sports Complext in Montgomery is shaping up to be a thing of beauty, says Jeff Long of the Fox Valley Park District.

  •  A butterfly gathers nectar from a New England aster, one of many native plants Fox Valley Park District crews and volunteers utilize in prairie restoration efforts throughout the district to expand natural areas, ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

    Bringing prairies back to the parks in Kane County Oct 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Not long ago, before urban sprawl, before the industrial revolution and before the advent of agriculture, Illinois was a land of natural lushness. Today, however, less than two percent of those lands remains. Fortunately, prairie restoration projects in recent years have become more numerous, and the Fox Valley Park District is among those driving the efforts.

  •  Pumpkin Weekends — at Blackberry Farm throughout October — are all about fall, with a pumpkin patch, train rides and many more festive activities to celebrate the season and the spirit of Halloween.

    Pumpkin Weekends: Festive fall in all its glory Oct 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sweet as it is, the fall season is just too short. Dazzling autumn leaves and all their brilliant colors burst onto the scene suddenly, only to be whisked away on the next windy day. Fortunately, the Fox Valley Park District makes this glorious season last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm.

  • Singer Kayla Tejero of Montgomery, a finalist in the Geneva’s Got Talent competition, is a voice student in the Fox Valley Park District’s Adagio Music Studio.

    Park district helps students make beautiful musicSep 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Let’s face it — not everybody is naturally gifted to make beautiful music, whether through voice, instrument or both. Fortunately, the Fox Valley Park District’s School of Performing Arts is providing expanded opportunities to develop those talents through the new Adagio Music Studio.

  •  Eastern Lubber grasshoppers from the Florida area are displayed during Bugfest at the Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora.

    Bug Fest returns to BataviaAug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The buzz is back as the Fox Valley Park District's Bug Fest returns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, with insects as the star attraction. The event is completely free, with no registration required. “Bugs are weird, wild, fascinating … and often misunderstood,” said Margaret Gazdacka, facility manager at Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia.

  • ‘Sound of Music’ hits all the high notes at Paramount Jul 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    One of the most popular, endearing musicals in the world, “The Sound of Music," hits the stage for four shows Friday through Sunday, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage program showcases a cast of 115 performers from age 6 to adult at the Paramount Theatre, Aurora.

  • July is Park Month in the Fox Valley Park District Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    It wasn’t long ago when “staycations” were all the rage. People quickly discovered they didn’t have to spend big bucks or drive long distances to enjoy good times with family and friends.

  •  Hall-of-Fame golfer and PGA legend Billy Casper will make a visit to Aurora’s Orchard Valley Golf Course on Monday, June 24, when the 19th annual Golf for Kids Benefit Outing is held in support of local children.

    Hall of Famer Billy Casper to visit Golf for Kids outing in Aurora Jun 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Hall-of-Fame golfer and PGA legend Billy Casper will make a visit to Aurora's Orchard Valley Golf Course on Monday, June 24, when the 19th annual Golf for Kids Benefit Outing is held in support of local children.

  • Fox Valley welcomes summer with water parks, wine and music May 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    As Aurora native and weatherman extraordinaire Tom Skilling will have us know, June 1 marks the official beginning of "meteorological summer." At the Fox Valley Park District, we've had summer programs and events in the plans since January. So we're more than ready for the warm-weather celebration to begin.

  • Trailers loaded with rental canoes and kayaks will be providing boat-less paddlers with convenient access to the Fox River for the Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Sunday, June 2. Preregistration ends at noon Wednesday, May 29.

    Paddling the Fox: ‘click here’ for your boat May 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Renting a boat for the Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Sunday, June 2 couldn't be more convenient. It's actually easier than 1-2-3. All you have to do is show up. Register online, and with a click of your mouse, you're good to go. Your boats, paddles and life jackets will be waiting at the start area for you and your group.

  •  The dog days of summer — and fall, winter and spring — will be even more enjoyable at Jericho Lake Park with a host of new features and amenities to be implemented in coming months.

    Jericho Lake Park to thrive with a new look May 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Not long ago — circa the mid-80s — the western boundaries of Aurora and Montgomery were vast swathes of open space, and not much else. "We needed to do more with the land," Fox Valley Park District trustee J.A. Lippold said at the time, "and make more people-use' of it." Jericho Lake Park will soon join the modern movement with a slate of spectacular improvements to be implemented this summer and fall.

  • Flower Power Planting Party – can you dig it?May 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    A love of nature is love worth sharing, which the Fox Valley Park District will do again this season with its Flower Power Planting Parties. From 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, groups of volunteer planting teams — perhaps you included — will take to the gardens in front of the Eola Community Center and Vaughan Athletic Center to roll up their sleeves and celebrate planting season.

  • Canada geese are familiar visitors in local parks and public places. The Fox Valley Park District works to manage large populations and reminds all park goers to not feed the geese — it's detrimental to the birds and increases the likelihood of disease.

    Honked off? Here's to making peace with geeseApr 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

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