‘Blackhawk Park’ is new name for west side development

What’s in a name? When it comes to local parks, there’s a little bit of everything – history, location, sentiment and pride.

Such is the case for a new development coming to Aurora’s near west side that will officially be known as “Blackhawk Park” after the Fox Valley Park District Board of Trustees gave its approval Monday.

Located at the intersection of Galena Boulevard and Blackhawk Street, the five-acre site was where the original West Aurora High School was built over a century ago. After the building was torn down in 2015, the City of Aurora deeded the land over to the Park District.

Last month, the Park District reached out to the public for its input on naming the new park. Four suggested names were offered, but the write-in campaign for Blackhawk Park resulted in a landslide vote.

Of the 770 votes tallied through the online poll, 445 of those (58 percent) were cast as a write-in for Blackhawk Park.

The Park District’s Board of Trustees approved the public’s recommendation by a 7-0 vote. Construction of the new park is scheduled to begin in early summer, with completion targeted for the fall of 2017.

The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 233,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s highest honor as a two-time Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management. Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the District maintains 165 parks and 48 miles of interconnected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Sharing the shores of the Fox River, our communities are united by the District’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible.

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