Festival Park’s grand opening on Memorial Day of 2007 was a grand event indeed for the City of Elgin and its residents. Food vendors’ booths served ribs, ice cream, beer and other refreshments to the thousands of people who turned out for the long-anticipated day. Sunny skies added to the crowd’s festive mood.
The sprawling, $11.5 million park that incorporates beauty with entertaining fun is adjacent to the Fox River, with its entrance at the corner of Prarie St. and Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin. Festival Park boasts myriad features and provides a gateway to a great time in the heart of Elgin.
Park amenities include a continuous splash fountain where children of all ages can dip their toes or run through streams of water shooting up from the cool stone platform; and a giant “spider web” from which kids can clamor up tall climbing poles or jump onto the kid-size trampoline in the center of the “web.” This play area also has equipment with which children can make big music in a variety of new and unique ways.
The Festival Park project was coordinated by the City of Elgin and The Riverfront Action Committee, a nonprofit formed to promote Elgin’s Fox River and the City’s Riverfront Renewal initiative. Some of the funding for this and other projects is provided through individuals’ and corporate sponsorship of walkway bricks, trees, lights, park benches and the park’s major features. For questions or further information, contact Jack Shales, Riverfront Action Committee Chairman at 847-742-8904.
The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department hosts and manages hundreds of events, facilities and programs for city residents. Combined with the efforts of the City of Elgin and the Riverfront Action Committee through Riverfront Renewal and other improvement programs, Elgin is enjoying a renaissance of recreation.