River Corridor Foundation Announces Donation of Completed Langum Corridor Project to the City of St. Charles
"The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles is proud to announce their Langum Corridor Project has been completed and donated to the City of St. Charles," said Laurel Moad, President. "This is another example of River Corridor working hand-in-hand with the City of St. Charles and the St. Charles Park District to provide enhanced utilization and access to the Fox River to the benefit of the entire community. With matching funds from each of these organizations and a grant from the Community Foundation of the FRV we are able to initiate and construct these types of enhancements to our riverfront on a much faster timeline and at a low cost to taxpayers than might otherwise be possible."
The Langum Corridor Project is intended to upgrade, enhance and expand on the recreational opportunities along the eastern Fox River shoreline in St. Charles adjacent to Langum Park. This includes replacing five (5) older style benches with Park District current standard metal benches on concrete pads with fully ADA compliant access (current benches were on posts in the grass without pads). The pads are designed to incorporate bicycle racks and room to accommodate strollers and walkers. A cycle repair station has been installed with a surrounding concrete pad. A shade tree will be planted next to each bench. The project also includes the construction of a limestone outcropping with concrete approach which will allow access to and facilitate launching of non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks and canoes. The outcropping will also be beneficial to anglers which will allow them to move away from the pedestrian/cycle trail and have firm footing. In addition, attractive trash receptacles have been installed on concrete pads in proximity to each bench area. This is an extremely attractive section of the Fox River providing terrific visibility and serving as a gateway to St. Charles from the south. There is currently a wastewater pumping station facility located at the southern end of the area which the City is preparing to replace with a larger station (to be located east of the flood plain) in the next 3-5 years. Once the current pumping facility is demolished, that footprint will permit additional improvements to this area. This section of the Fox River Trail system attracts over 90,000 annual visitors.