Have you ever wondered how Fairbury seems to be so tidy, up-to-date, and maintained? Well, wonder no more! The Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG), along with other organizations and volunteers, works ceaselessly to make sure our town looks amazing for tourists as well as residents. Even with a 15-day rain delay, FIG wrapped up all of this year’s big projects by July 26th. Now, they are working on the finishing touches and brainstorming for next year.
One of FIG’s main battles has been against vandalism. Due to graffiti and mistreatment, they have repeatedly replaced and repaired items throughout many of the parks in Fairbury. Marsh Park’s screened-in pavilion has been the victim of much of the vandalism, so FIG is planning on installing a new 360º camera in the near future to monitor what goes on inside.
Our parks look best when they are covered with lush foliage, but it is expensive and time-consuming to keep the gardens and trees looking their best. However, thanks to a donation, FIG will be able to plant two new trees in Marsh Park this fall! By covering the cost of the plants, you allow the gardeners to go above and beyond with other things, such as mulching and flowers.
If you’d like to help beautify Marsh Park, consider making a donation to plant new trees. Each tree is worth $250. Please visit the City Hall for more details.
Now that the year is slowly coming to a close, members of FIG are gathering a list of things to work on next year. So far, their list includes repainting the guardrail at the swimming pool’s entrance; painting the picnic tables at Marsh and North Park; setting up a new tire swing in Marsh Park; and possibly painting all the street sign poles.
If you have ideas on how to improve Fairbury or would like to lend a hand, you are welcome to attend the next FIG meeting on Tuesday, September 24th, at 7 pm. The meeting is located in the new City Hall basement, and it is open to everyone!
We accept all stories, ideas, and suggestions! Send them in by calling us at (815) 692-4500 or by emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com. You can also visit our coordinator, Bobbi McKeon, at Heart’s Desire on Route 24 in Fairbury.