Community groups, Scouts, students, residents and families are invited to come together for a “One Day” service project targeting portions of the Fox River and nearby Fox Valley Park District locations from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 7.
In cooperation with Kiwanis One Day, volunteers will be utilized at various sites to help pick up litter, haul light brush and assist in the removal of invasive plant species. Volunteers will be placed in parks that are closest to their homes, or can start at the Cole Center (101 W. Illinois Ave.), which will serve as project headquarters.
For those who check in at the Cole Center, transportation will be available to and from the various work areas. Breakfast snacks are provided, and a free cookout will be held for volunteers afterward at the Cole Center.
Portions of the Fox River from Ashland Avenue north to the Cole Center will be covered, as will sections of Indian Creek. Other sites include:
- Blackberry Farm / Gilman Trail (100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora)
- North Aurora Island Park (State Street Bridge, North Aurora)
- South Island Park (Ashland Ave. and Route 25, Aurora)
- Spring Lake Park (McCoy Drive, just east of Frontenac, Aurora)
More than 400 volunteers participated last year, and “the goal is once again to gather as many volunteers together to have the biggest impact we can to better our community,” said Debbie Smith, Community Outreach Manager.
The service day project is a combined effort between FVPD, Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, City of Aurora, Aurora Township, Aurora University, Volunteer Fox Valley and Waubonsee Community College.