Maintain, improve and embellish existing assets
Dam modification will create a more natural environment with improved aeration, wildlife passage, and habitat restoration. Managing the sediment in the upstream pool will continue to be a challenge but will be improved from the existing condition. Further study will determine the specific impacts related to dam modification.
Boy Scout Island was once an actual island. Currently it is a peninsula creating a stagnant bay of water that is challenging to maintain. Modify Boy Scout Island to return it to an island, improving water flow and allowing for creation of new wildlife habitat and ecological restoration. Provide a bridge to access the island and improve the power boat launch and parking lot
There are approx. 4 miles of shoreline within the St. Charles City limits. Much of the shoreline is natural, although erosion has degraded the shoreline in many locations. Stabilize and restore the shoreline to reduce sedimentation, improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.
As development occurred adjacent to the Fox River, many tributaries were disrupted, piped or filled. Restore the river tributaries to a more natural state to improve water quality, wildlife habitat and the environment.
Stormwater best management practices consist of requirements and actions to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and ways to treat stormwater before it enters the river. Institute polices that require stormwater best management practices for both private and public developments to have a positive impact on the quality of the river.
Maintain, improve and embellish existing recreational assets
The Park District supports programs and maintains neighborhood and regional parks throughout the community. Adding small recreational activities such as splash pads and destination play environments throughout the downtown and along the riverwalk will strengthen the riverfront overall.
Active recreational activities such as climbing walls, ropes courses and zip lines along the riverfront will support an active lifestyle and help establish St. Charles as a recreational destination.
Recreational activities such as bird watching, hiking and walking are extremely popular. Providing convenient and interesting opportunities for people to experience the outdoors, riverfront, community and environment will support achieving the overall project goal.
Public agencies can provide support for private activities without providing specific organized programs. Activities such as rowing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and power boating are all privately organized but can benefit from public support.
Fishing continues to be one of the most popular recreational activities along the Fox River. Provide convenient access to the river in popular fishing areas to support this popular recreational activity.
Maintain, improve and embellish existing cultural assets
Sculpture, public art, performances and temporary installations all create interest and are attractions along the riverfront. Utilize the riverfront and the river itself for art displays and installations to create a unique riverfront experience.
The City of St. Charles has a rich and storied history. Communicate the history of the community through sculpture, displays, and events for future generations to come.
The community hosts a number of events including Riverfest, the Scarecrow Festival and the Fine Arts festival within the downtown and along the riverfront. Support these community events along with other programs to continue to make St. Charles an attractive place to live and a regional destination.
The existing riverwalk is a good start, but adding pedestrian amenities and other cultural assets will contribute to creating a riverwalk that is not just a walkway, but a regional attraction.