Initial Phase Funding for Active River Project Attained

The St. Charles River Corridor Foundation is proud to announce that the inter-governmental funding required for the initial phase of the Active River Project has been attained.  Kane County announced that $46,500 was awarded to the Active River Project from the Kane County Riverboat Fund and the City of St. Charles, the St. Charles Park District and the River Corridor Foundation have each allocated $20,000. 

Per Holly Cabel, president of the St. Charles River Corridor Foundation, “We initiated the Active River Project as a logical extension of the original 2002 River Corridor Plan to leverage the Fox River as our most important community asset to enhance recreation and economic opportunities while also improving water quality.  We knew that a successful project would require the resources, vision and commitment of the entire community; and this first step of funds allocation by the key stakeholder groups is a demonstration of that commitment.  We have now released a request for Solicitation of Qualifications to select a design and planning consultant to help us quantify the possibilities within this vision.”

The River Corridor Foundation of St Charles was created as a result of the 2002 St. Charles River Corridor Master Plan, which created a broad vision for the potential of the Fox River as it flowed through downtown St. Charles.  From that date, the River Corridor Foundation has remained committed to the basic premise of that plan:

From the beginning of the project, the community has been focused on a powerful goal: to create a lively, downtown riverfront environment that becomes the centerpiece of the community.

The River Corridor Foundation has previously played a significant role in such riverfront projects as design and construction of the Bob Leonard Walkway and the recent purchase and dedication of the “If I Could But Fly” sculpture along that walkway, the Frank Gorham boat dock and the enhanced landscape at the North Gateway to the city on Rte. 31.

To fund these efforts, the River Corridor Foundation conducts two annual fund raising events: the annual Bob Leonard Race/Walk and Colonial Turtle Hurdle and the annual “Rhythm on the River” music concert (in conjunction with the St. Charles Noon Rotary). 

The 2014 Rhythm on the River concert will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 19th and promises to be our largest event ever with 1930’s French and American Jazz, live swing dance demonstrations and lessons and a pre-World War II vintage auto show.  Festivities will start at noon on South Riverside Drive and in the parking lot of the Harris Bank and culminates with the two band concert from 3:30 – 6:00 PM inside the historic Arcada Theatre. 

It will be fun for the entire family and help the River Corridor Foundation raise funds for the next phase of the Active River Project and SC Noon Rotary for their scholarship program. –  Holly Cabel, Foundation President

Support our Community – Purchase Rhythm Tickets

Purchase tickets online at  If by check, make payable to St Charles Rotary Foundation with note “Benefit Concert” and mail to c/o MCC Technology, 2422 W. Main Street, Ste. 4D, St Charles, IL 60174 or purchase in person at Blue Goose Grocery, Downtown St Charles. Tickets are $30 for Adults and $25 for Students and Seniors (60+). 

Video done by Rick Brems, River Corridor Foundation Board Member & David Phyfer, Stage Fright Productions


Please help us make the Fox River Corridor of St. Charles a community centerpiece that is a destination for all. Donate a Bob Leonard Walkway Legacy Brick
  • River Corridor Foundation
    of St. Charles
  •   214 South First Street, Suite A
    St. Charles, IL 60174

Mission Statement

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.