RiverEdge Park Blues Island and Music Garden is an 11.3-acre, master-planned park designed by the Aurora Park Collaborative. The Music Garden consists of an outdoor theatre featuring world-class amenities such as sound and lighting instruments, a mix tower, concessions facilities, and site utilities. Additionally, 1,700 feet of recreational, multi-use trail, 40,511-square feet of permeable paver plaza, 81,809-square feet of concrete plazas and walks, native landscaping, and restoration activities to the shoreline and island form a collection of amenities for both active and passive recreation opportunities.
The park opened to the public in June of 2013 and has become a popular entertainment destination, attracting tens of thousands of patrons from the region. WBK provided environmental engineering, landscape architecture, permitting services and construction management for the RiverEdge Project.
The American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter and Fox Valley Branch have awarded this Project of the Year, Structures $5M, but less than $25M, City of Aurora.
The project also earned the 2014 Public Works Project Excellence Award from the Chicago Metro Chapter.