Suburban Skyview: RiverEdge Park Pedestrian Bridge sets tone in Aurora's historic downtown

  • The RiverEdge Park Pedestrian Bridge over the Fox River in Aurora is a critical part of the master plan to redevelop the city's historic downtown district.

      The RiverEdge Park Pedestrian Bridge over the Fox River in Aurora is a critical part of the master plan to redevelop the city's historic downtown district. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/28/2022 5:36 PM

RiverEdge Park Pedestrian Bridge helps Aurora live up to its "City of Lights" moniker.

The 900-foot curved suspension bridge, which opened last June, has a vibrant color-changing LED system that brings the bridge to life during major events and holidays.

 

A critical part of the city's master plan to redevelop the historic downtown district, the bridge has a central beam, or "spine," from which the two pathways cantilever on either side.

The slick design creates a dynamic crossing that draws attention to the Fox River and the downtown Aurora skyline.

The bridge crosses Blues Island, where exotic plants were replaced with native plants to form a unique urban wildlife habitat.

The bridge is the epitome of nature and technology intertwined.

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