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City aims to detour Fox River Trail during big RiverEdge concerts

Hundreds hikers walk Fox River Trail between AurorMontgomery Saturday September 22 2012 benefit Hesed House. | JCunningham~For Sun-Times Media

Hundreds of hikers walk the Fox River Trail between Aurora and Montgomery, on Saturday, September 22, 2012, to benefit Hesed House. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 17, 2013 7:06PM

AURORA — The city wants to amend an agreement with the Fox Valley Park District that would detour Fox River Trail patrons during peak periods at the new RiverEdge Park.

Under the one-year proposed pilot agreement, the city could close the riverfront trail during up to five events per year in order to provide additional capacity in the park during high-volume concerts.

The detour of the Fox River Trail, between Illinois Avenue and New York Street, would be limited to one hour before the gates open for an event to one hour after an event ends.

Instead, bicycle and path pedestrians would likely be detoured to the west river path, according to a city memo.

The Fox Valley Park District board approved the proposed amendment last week.

The city signed an original intergovernmental agreement with the Fox Valley Park District in May 2009. Under that agreement, the park district conveyed 4.2 acres of riverfront land to the city and made a $3 million contribution to the city to build the park.

The RiverEdge Park Music Garden is scheduled to open for its first public festival at Blues on the Fox in June.

Aldermen will vote on the proposal at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

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