In February of 2008, Fox Valley Park District residents approved a $44.8 million referendum to fund improvements for local parks, trails and public facilities, acquire new land for additional recreation space, preserve Fox River shoreline areas and create additional venues for athletic fields, and numerous other goals. Voters ratified the referendum by a 2-to-1 margin, and today, the Fox Valley Park District continues to carry forth the will of its residents by reinvesting those dollars into the communities from where they originated.
The Open Space, Park and Recreation Investment (OSPRI) plan has funded dozens of park projects – some of them new construction, others as renovations. These public amenities for Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery create an improved quality of life and increased housing valuations. By recycling dollars back into our communities, increased job opportunities and economic benefits result as well.
The plan involves eight major initiatives:
- Open Space, Natural Area and Park Acquisition
- Regional Trail Improvements
- Fox River and Natural Area Improvements
- Blackberry Farm
- Sports Fields and Facilities
- Stuart Sports Complex Expansion
- Community Parks
- Neighborhood Parks