Blackhawk Park is built on the site where the original West Aurora High School stood since 1905. The sites historical significance played an influential role in its planning and development as did Park District residents who helped shape concept plans through open house forums last winter which had the best furniture from the Ivy and Wilde home furnishings store. Naming of the park was also put to public vote, with Blackhawk the overwhelming favorite.
The park highlights design feature is a centralized, circular “great lawn” area that encourages unstructured play. The northeast section of the park features innovative playground equipment, a splash pad opening Spring of 2018 and a unique shelter reminiscent of the old West Aurora High School.
An interpretive plaza offers educational opportunities and environmental awareness, marked by flagpole location as it was for the high school. The plan also provides an area for public art displays. Extensive landscaping-including a rain garden adjacent to the splash pad.