Who owns the median?
The center median, north and south banks and the Dunham Road entrance area into Fox Chase Boulevard were established circa 1971 when the Hunters Woods and Aintree subdivisions were constructed.
The entry areas and landscape along the median were developed by the builder and then ownership was turned over to the City of St. Charles. In the late 1980’s, builders developing the land west of Aintree Rd. were not required to extend the Fox Chase Boulevard parkway.
The grass areas are maintained by the Public Works Department, but maintenance is limited to the City’s basic standard of mowing and refuse removal. The City of St. Charles plants and maintains the flowers at the entrance.
Who previously took care of the landscape areas in the MEDIAN?
From 1974 until 2009, the Aintree Community Association, with modest contributions from the Hunters Woods Home Owner Association, funded weed and pest control and maintenance of the shrubs and trees along the median and entrance area between Squire Lane, Dunham Road and Aintree Road. The funding for this maintenance eventually overwhelmed the Aintree budget, which led to the formation of the Fox Chase Boulevard Median Foundation in 2010.
What was the Fox Chase Boulevard Maintenance Fund?
This fund was started in 1997 to collect voluntary contributions from residents located west of Aintree Road. Contributions were used primarily to restore, enhance and maintain the landscape in the three islands west of Aintree Rd, and as funds permitted, other common areas along the Boulevard. Some contributions to this fund were made by the Manor Homes of Whittington Course. This fund was administered by Bob Walters. The Fox Chase Boulevard Median Foundation was established to replace this fund and now oversees improvement efforts for the entire boulevard.
What area does the Median Foundation maintain?
The Fox Chase Boulevard Median Foundation is primarily focused on maintaining, improving and beautifying the center median areas of Fox Chase Boulevard from the stone pillars at the Dunham Road entrance to Winners Cup Circle. Maintenance efforts may also be extended to adjoining areas along Fox Chase Boulevard as necessary to enhance or preserve the appearance of the Median areas. The Median Foundation secured a license from the City of St. Charles to care for these areas.
Who takes care of the Dunham Road entrance?
The Aintree Homeowners Association has partnered with the City of St. Charles and the St. Charles Park District to maintain the landscape areas, stone pillars and lighting of the entrance to Fox Chase Boulevard at Dunham Road. The City of St. Charles is responsible for planting and maintaining flowers at the entrance.
Who removes snow from the sidewalk?
The Aintree Community Association voluntarily cares for snow removal for the sidewalk along Fox Chase Boulevard from Aintree Road to Dunham Road as well as the west sidewalk along Dunham Road from Fox Chase Boulevard to Squire Lane. The St. Charles Park District removes snow from the sidewalk in front of the Williams Wetlands (between Winners Cup Circle and Thoroughbred Circle).
WHO PROVIDES THE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS?
The Aintree Community Association and Fox Chase Boulevard Median Foundation have agreed to partner in hanging holiday wreaths at the primary entrance areas to Fox Chase Boulevard. Aintree provides the wreaths at the Aintree Road and Squire Lane entrances while Fox Chase Boulevard Median Foundation provides the wreaths at the Dunham Road entrance. Evergreen wreaths are purchased from a local non-profit group.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. The Fox Chase Boulevard Median Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN = 27-3799311). All contributions to the Median Foundation are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.
What About the Horse Statue at the Entrance?
The equestrian statue at the Dunham Road entrance has been a part of our neighborhood for over 40 years. Click here to learn more about this renowned artwork which is listed in the Smithsonian!