Why would a park that is mostly grass and trees cost $18 to 20 million dollars, not including the money that will be lost by taking prime property from the tax rolls?
Well, according to Stephanie Phifer, the city's so-called planning director, leaving aside the millions to "coincidentally" reward campaign contributors of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, there's lots of expense involved with creating a stage.
So, this stage (see photo) is what taxpayers get?
Let's not all scream it at once:
As we toured the so-called park and stage that faces mostly south and west, we noticed that when you stand on the stage, you get a direct view of the river.
And, you look straight into the hot sun, wind or rain...and if you will be performing at night, you'll get a few thousands bugs and mosquitos, too to join you on stage.
We asked Phifer, who has tried to justify all kinds of public projects that turned out to be poorly designed, planned and costly, why the stage was set in such a way that will mean any performer could experience difficult (i.e. miserable) conditions unless they perform early in the morning.
She said "I dunno."
It's important to note the original promise by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner for the park on a narrow strip of land along Rt. 25 on the east side of the Fox River with no parking was to have it fully funded privately.
That, of course, didn't happen.
Taxpayers will "coincidentally" fund most of it instead.