May 7 will be a big day for family and friends of the McCue family.

At 10 a.m. on that day, there will be a ceremonial groundbreaking for a bike/walking/running trail in honor of Darlene McCue, a 46-year-old mother who was struck and killed by a pickup truck in July 2009 on Kennedy Road in Yorkville while she was riding her bike.

The groundbreaking event is something that’s been years in the making – ever since the organization Push for the Path started in 2012. Push for the Path is a nonprofit organization created to raise money to build a 2.72-mile, 10-foot-wide path parallel to Kennedy Road from Route 47 to the existing trail south of Mill Road in Yorkville.

The path will connect with Grande Reserve and Autumn Creek neighborhoods, Oswego’s Mill Road trail near Orchard Road, several public parks and playgrounds, the Yorkville Rec Center, downtown Yorkville, Riverfront Park, Town Square Park and 39 miles of the Fox River Trail – which connects to Oswego, Aurora and Batavia – as well as a 25-mile path that goes up to the Wisconsin border.

“We’ve been working on this for years – it’s something we’ve been working long and hard for,” said Lynn Dubajic, Yorkville’s economic development consultant as well as a close friend to the McCue family. “[May 7] is the big moment. A lot of people have been very involved in this. When [the accident] happened, it was devastating for everyone, and when something like this happens, how can we turn it into a positive? I feel so thrilled. This will be the high point of the year for me. It’s been a group effort by a lot of dedicated people.”

In February 2012, the project was given a price tag of $1.7 million. Yorkville received a $1.3 million grant to fund it, and the remaining amount of $357,000 had to be privately raised. So far, over $200,000 has been raised, but there’s still some ways to go.

“At the beginning, we had to have a town meeting, and a lot of people had their doubts about this at the meeting,” said Alyssa McCue, Darlene’s daughter, who was just a teenager when the accident happened. “We always thought we could raise the money for sure.”

Money has been raised through friends, family and the community. There have been several annual golf outings, and right before the groundbreaking event, there will be a PeppeRUNi 5K Run/Walk beginning and ending at Yorkville’s Rosati’s Pizza and Pub (sponsor information and sign-up forms are available at pushforthepath.org).

By: CHRISTINE BOLIN DASCHER

Kendall County Now

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