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Local Group Improving Fairbury, One Step at a Time

The Fairbury Improvement Group recently met and discussed a wide array of topics as the year comes to a close.

The first item on the agenda was the ongoing Marsh Park renovation.  On Nov. 14, sidewalk lights were installed by JR Electric.  There is a continuing discussion on the most efficient way to acquire new playground equipment, but that is certainly in the future of the park.  Alexander Lumber volunteered to key the doors at the park for no charge.  Recently, the city crew also finished installing twelve inches of mulch to the playground area.

In 2017, a lot has been accomplished besides the outstanding upgrade project to Marsh Park! The historic Swing Steidinger signs downtown are an amazing addition.  The mock Fairbury Jail was created as a chance for family photo ops.  The 1st annual food festival: A LOCAL TASTE:  FLAVORS FROM THE FARM was a huge success.  Dale Maley has been recording radio segments with WJEZ in Pontiac devoted to current projects.  The sidewalk improvements downtown and in the park are wonderful.  The Garden Club donated a new bench for Central Park, plus helped with updating the landscape.  Recently, 101 years of the Blade Newspaper have been preserved by the Fairbury Echoes museum.  Historic City Hall received new windows and tuck-pointing.  Wow!

There are several projects on the agenda for the coming year as well.  The official Grand Re-Opening of Marsh Park is set for July 28, 2018, the Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend.  There will be children’s activities, bands, and a golf cart parade.

There are also plans to install a ramp for Sunken Park, as there is currently no ramp access for multiple events that take place there throughout the year.  Ramp will have to be about 46 feet to qualify with regulations.  The next steps are preliminary design and holding review meetings.

“Certainly, a lot has been accomplished in 2017!” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops.  “2018 is looking to be a promising year as well.”

The next meeting is set for December 19th, 2017 at the New City Hall.  All are welcome and encouraged to come and help improve the city of Fairbury.

Please call Bobbi McKeon at Heart’s Desire at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with ideas, suggestions, or comments.  Thank you.