Picnic Pavilion Rental
State fishing licensing and regulations apply in all Park District waterways.
When the State of Illinois Department of Corrections decided to close its Youth Detention Center at this site in 2002, the St. Charles Park District, along with the Kane County Forest Preserve District and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, banded together with the residents of the River Bend Community Group to create a community park and maximize the land’s potential for improved aesthetics and usability.
In 2007, the Kane County Forest Preserve District acquired these 45.8 acres as part of a successful referendum and, with funding from a Community Development Block Grant, demolished existing buildings and cleared the land. Now a blank canvas, collaboration ensued led by the St. Charles Park District with involvement from the River Bend Community Group. Development plans were driven by the goal of optimizing the space and meeting the diverse needs of the community. To make the plans a reality, the Park District received a state-funded Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant. Construction of the park’s amenities and landscaping began in 2009 and was completed in 2012.
River Bend Community Park represents much more than a dynamic recreation area and nature preserve. It is a testament to public appeal,government responsiveness and community partnerships working together to achieve a goal and surpassing expectation. Thanks to the expertise, resources and creativity of the St. Charles Park District, Kane County Forest Preserve District, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and River Bend Community Group, the park you enjoy today will continue enhancing life in this community for years to come.
To see a few before and after photos, click here.