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Fox Valley District OKs more  development at riverside park

Updated: March 14, 2013 6:38AM

The Fox Valley Park District Board has approved a bid of $814,500 bid from R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora for work on the development of Lippold Park in North Aurora.

The park — a 30-acre natural area between the Fox River and Route 25, just north of Red Oak Nature Center — is being developed in phases as an outdoor educational venue.

The work this spring — phase two of the project — will include construction of a “tree house” shelter structure built amid an amphitheater setting with interpretive displays and observation areas. An accessible skywalk will run around a portion of the perimeter. A centralized fire pit and rock-ledge seating with electrical outlets also will be included.

Plans also call for reconstructed wetlands and restoration of the small pond with a boardwalk lining the pond’s west edge and extending to the Fox River, park officials said.

Last fall, as part of phase one work, a half-mile paved trail was constructed. The looped trail enhances riverfront access and connects to the Fox River Trail, which was widened from 10 feet to 12 feet.

Completion is expected by next fall, park officials said.

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