Final Phase of the Bob Leonard Memorial River Walk Project Completed
Work Stabilizes and Beautifies the Fox River Shoreline in Downtown St. Charles
The City of St. Charles has completed the final phase of the Bob Leonard River Walk project, which included stabilization of the shoreline and development of a bicycle/pedestrian path that stretches from Indiana Street to the Prairie Street bridge. It continues the walkway that runs between Illinois and Indiana streets that was completed in 2010 as part of the initial phase of the project.
The walkway features natural stone to rebuild and stabilize the shoreline against erosion, a brick-paved path and enhanced landscaping. “The Bob Leonard River Walk project provides improvements to the Fox River shore and enhances overall aesthetics while offering the opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy this signature natural amenity,” said Jim Bernahl, Engineering Division Manager. “The River Walk connects to 6.65 miles of riverfront pathways in St. Charles and is part an 85-mile network of walkways along the Fox River that runs through several communities.”
The Bob Leonard River Walk project is part of the St. Charles Downtown Plan and River Corridor Plan, as well as the Kane County Bike Plan. These plans were developed as master guidelines for the improvement and expansion of the Fox River as a public resource. The project was funded in part by $245,000 in grants from the Kane County Riverboat fund, and $94,000 from the Special Service Area Downtown Revitalization fund. The remaining balance of $311,000 was paid by the City of St. Charles.
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