No one does more work to improve the appeal of Fairbury than the Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG)! Every month, the group comes together to brainstorm ways to make this community a better place. As the year comes to a close, FIG is reflecting on all they’ve accomplished in the past few months as well as preparing for next year’s projects.
This year was very successful for FIG, and now they’re wrapping up their last few tasks and events. On November 20th, they discussed the improvements in Marsh Park. Thanks to the Rotary Club and the City of Fairbury, they were able to plant new trees to replace eight dead trees. FIG also worked on the mini Lending Library at North Park. Someone had accidentally split the doorframe; luckily, it was repairable.
Not only does FIG oversee general improvements, but they also plan events. They have set up a history talk at the Dominy Memorial Library on Thursday, January 24th, starting at 6:30 pm. Come and listen to Dale Maley explore his three latest Fairbury history books about Fairbury’s own McDowell Family, Kring Family, and the Walton Bros.
Now that most of 2018’s projects are complete, FIG is looking ahead to next year: They prioritized a list of potential projects that they’d like to complete in 2019. High on their list is reviewing the new Munz Park’s design. FIG would like to add a large pergola, a welcome sign, the Conrad Munz historic mural, an additional walking path, and some outdoor agricultural equipment displays to the plan. While they wait on feedback, they’ll keep busy by replacing the split fence in Central Park, painting the Old City Hall’s exterior, and renovating the mock jail inside the Old City Hall.
A lot of FIG’s focus is on Fairbury’s parks: In Marsh Park, they’re planning on adding a piece of playground equipment for younger children, planting more saplings, and trimming the existing trees to improve visibility. As for North Park, FIG would like to replace the screen frames and window sills throughout the park, repaint the picnic tables in the north pavilion, and repair the old basketball hoop. Finally, they are looking to replace the gazebo roof in Central Park.
FIG cannot do all this on their own; they depend on you! If you would like to learn more or if you have something you’d like seen done in the Fairbury area, come to the next meeting on December 18th at 7 pm in the New City Hall’s basement. Meetings are open to everyone, and your input is very much appreciated. If you are unable to attend, please take part in the online survey that’s coming out next year. Join in the mission of making Fairbury the best place to live!
Please share your stories, ideas, and suggestions with us by visiting Bobbi McKeon at Heart’s Desire, calling (815) 692-4500, or emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.