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Fox River Trail

Fox River Trail

One of the Burnham Plan Centennial principles for green infrastructure is to connect us to our rivers and streams. Another Green Legacy goal is to complete our region’s trail system. Aurora’s downtown development plan will accomplish both through the creation of RiverEdge Park that will close a downtown gap and complete an uninterrupted 60-mile trail. Great progress has been made during the Centennial toward the closing of the last gap in this green-infrastructure trail that runs the length of Kane County, and through McHenry County to Wisconsin. This project is sponsored by the City of Aurora, Fox Valley Park District and Kane County.

The Fox River Trail is part of a regional greenway and trail plan originally prepared by Openlands and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission in the 1980s that is only now being completed—exemplifying the Green Legacy idea of long-term persistence for completing regionally significant projects.

For a print-friendly fact sheet on the Fox River Trail, click here.


Program Partners

City of Aurora

Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois, with a population of 157,267, and extends into four counties:  Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will.  There are six school districts and seven townships within the city limits, as well as four historic ...[MORE]

Forest Preserve District of Kane County

The Forest Preserve's mission is to hold and maintain lands within Kane County that contribute to the preservation of natural and historic resources, habitats, flora and fauna; and to restore, restock, protect and preserve such lands for the education, recreation ...[MORE]

Kane County Division of Transportation

With 64 full-time employees, KDOT provides and maintains a safe and efficient transportation system while maintaining Kane County's visions and values. The division is responsible for the maintenance, planning, design and construction of approximately 320 miles of roadway. KDOT also ...

City of Aurora


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