St. Charles’ heritage, commerce, beauty and community pride are deeply rooted in the Fox River. It is the community’s most recognizable and important natural asset. Considering the importance of maintaining this invaluable community asset, a group of citizens formed the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles to “support and advocate for projects that will enhance the downtown St. Charles riverfront environment as a destination for cultural, educational, recreational and economic opportunities that are accessible to all.”
The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles developed its first master plan in 2003 and has been actively fulfilling and updating the vision driving it – to make the Fox River a community centerpiece. In 2016-17, the foundation updated the master plan, creating, in the process, the Active River Project. The plan was the result of extensive public discussion and input from residents, civic groups, business leaders and government participants. From this information, an exciting strategy was created for the redevelopment of the downtown corridor of the Fox River. The Foundation has been following the plan’s guidelines and the results are reflected in restoration and stabilization of the shoreline, expanded walkways, public art and new landscaping.
The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles supports and advocates for projects that will enhance the downtown riverfront environment as a destination for cultural, educational, and economic opportunities that are accessible to all. In order to carry out this mission the Foundation will:
Financially support projects
Review and evaluate ideas
Collaborate with others
Identify and plan enhancements
Create awareness of the importance of the river corridor