The RiverEdge Park Story
In 2006, an idea was formed to create a gathering place in Downtown Aurora, a place to relax and to bring people together. It was to be situated next to the Fox River, the artery of Downtown Aurora, and connect neighborhoods on both sides of the river unifying the city. This space would be a place for recreation, to appreciate nature and provide entertainment right here in the suburbs. It would be called RiverEdge Park.
Moving forward with the idea of RiverEdge Park, a design competition was held with several different organizations. The Aurora Park Collaborative design was selected as well as the architect. Muller & Muller Architects used several different established parks and entertainment venues to support RiverEdge Park plans, including Millennium Park, Grant Park and Milwaukee’s Marcus Amphitheater. It took numerous workshops and meetings to refine the design, layout and construction plans for RiverEdge Park. The plan was ultimately approved in 2007.
Construction began on RiverEdge Park in 2012, along the Fox River with the Aurora skyline as a distinct backdrop. Terry Guen Design Associates lent their professional green thumb to the park by planting a more natural habitat to be enjoyed year-round. The thought-out landscaping captures an organic vibe that gives a sense of belonging to its dwellers. The serene atmosphere is mixed in with the urban downtown feel. It’s a place to play, a place to relax and a place to just be.
Your Backyard Away From Home
The 30-acre park was designed in a way that would serve many purposes. From the canoe/kayak launch and natural landscaping to the VIP Rooftop Deck and 10-acre music venue, this is the new recreation and entertainment destination of the suburbs. Bring your kids and fly a kite. Enjoy a local band in the music pavilion with friends. Spread out a blanket and watch fireworks with the family on the 4th of July. RiverEdge Park is your backyard away from home.