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  • Playground, cafe, more space now part of Naperville Park District plan Aug 29, 2014 5:58 AM
    Naperville Park District officials who are inching closer to finalizing designs for an indoor activity center expanded a few elements of the plan Thursday to offer a larger multipurpose room, indoor playground and cafe.“We believe that’s the best design to go with for the money,” Executive Director Ray McGury told the park board. “You’re really going to see some benefits to this.”

     
  • ‘Nature is the best setting’ for new facility at Naperville’s Knoch Knolls Aug 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    Lovers of water — and of detail — will be right at home in Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center. The theme “celebrating water” trickles through the entire 5,000-square-foot building in carefully designed features that educate about the ecosystem and conserve energy. “Since we are right here by the river, of course we focus on the water,” said Angelique Harshman, manager of the new nature center.

     
  • Signs, audio to assist Knoch Knolls Nature Center visitors Jul 26, 2014 7:00 AM
    The new Knoch Knolls Nature Center property will have seven signs and audio tours designed to help people with vision or hearing difficulties thanks to a $35,000 donation from the Naperville Noon Lions Club. “These signs are to assist visually impaired and hearing-impaired individuals who will be visiting Knoch Knolls park,” said Bob Hull, the club’s publicity chairman.

     
  • Naperville quarry crash victims remembered for humor, confidence Jul 21, 2014 9:07 AM
    A Geneva man accused of driving drunk into a Naperville quarry early Saturday morning, causing a crash that killed two of his friends, is being held on $250,000 bail, authorities said Sunday. Meanwhile, friends of the two people who died are remembering Mihirtej Boddupalli, 21, of Lisle, and Sajaad Safiullah Syed, 21, of Naperville for being funny, confident and optimistic.

     
  • Summer chill changes scene at area pools Jul 15, 2014 5:53 PM
    An unusually chilly July day caused some area swimming pools to close Tuesday and left others with much smaller crowds than you'd expect in the heart of summer.

     
  • Naperville trainer proposes ‘outdoor fitness center’ Jul 10, 2014 2:06 PM
    Wooden fitness stations that suggest exercises for stretching, balance and upper body strength could be coming to a park in Naperville, but not to the Riverwalk. “I don’t know if it’s the best fit for the Riverwalk, especially on this main section where we have a lot of a people. It’s more of a congregational space” people use to go for a stroll, said Jeff Havel, Riverwalk Commission chairman.

     
  • Naperville man proposes Riverwalk wildlife volunteers Jul 9, 2014 5:40 PM
    In the struggle to stop people from feeding animals along the Riverwalk, one Naperville resident thinks volunteers could be the answer. “If we could educate people and get folks who could have an elevator speech, a 1- to 2-minute ‘here’s why this is not good for the wildlife’ speech,” John Nepywoda said, “it might be a little more meaningful to people.”

     
  • Three DuPage-area park districts receive state construction grants Jul 8, 2014 1:58 PM
    Three area park districts — Naperville, West Chicago and Fox Valley — will receive a total of $7 million in state grant money for construction projects, officials said. Naperville Park District will receive $2.5 million of that total for a new activity center — the maximum amount possible through the state’s Park and Recreation Construction grants program. The West Chicago Park District also is receiving $2.5 million and the Fox Valley Park District is getting $2 million.

     
  • Dance troupes open season with lunch-hour shows Jul 3, 2014 1:41 PM
    Naperville Park District’s Élan Dance Company will perform two free, outdoor shows this summer as preludes to Children’s Lunch-Hour Entertainment shows.

     
  • Sportsman’s Park closes as lead removal begins in Naperville Jun 12, 2014 4:24 PM
    Naperville-area residents who use Sportsman’s Park as the home base for their trapshooting hobby will be looking for new venues this summer. The park closed Monday so a project to remove lead contamination from the soil and add new trails can get started. “I’m excited to see the end result,” said Jay Spitz, a member of the Naperville Sportsman’s Club. “At the same time, I'm disappointed I won't be shooting at Sportsman's Park over the summer and early fall."

     
  • ‘My Way’ the best way for Naperville’s Bill Young Jun 11, 2014 10:30 AM
    Relatives and friends are exchanging memories of Naperville Park District police founder Bill Young in advance of a memorial toast scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. They’re remembering him as a good listener and an understanding leader whose goal was to help teens discover their path. “He really enjoyed his life and his jobs and he didn’t always go by the book so strict with any of them,” his wife, Martha Young, said. “He never stopped caring or wanting to help the children.”

     
  • Kites fill the skies over Naperville for annual Fly Festival Jun 1, 2014 5:19 PM
    The sky above Naperville’s Frontier Sports Complex was filled on Sunday with kites of all shapes and sizes — from small Spider-Man kites to gigantic streamers that nearly blotted out the sun. More than 1,000 people attended the eighth annual Frontier Kite Fly Festival in Naperville, organizers say.

     
  • Naperville scales back size of proposed activity center May 30, 2014 5:19 PM
    Naperville Park District’s future indoor activity center will be smaller than anticipated, but it still will have all the amenities community participants identified as important during focus groups earlier this year. “When we cut the ribbon on this in 2016, it’s going to be more than we have now,” Park district Executive Director Ray McGury said. “I think the community will be overwhelmed that we’re going to be able to bring this online and under budget.”

     
  • Warm weather draws hundreds to Naperville’s Spring Fever Reliever May 10, 2014 7:48 PM
    Organizers for the new Spring Fever Reliever event along Naperville’s Riverwalk Saturday couldn’t have asked for nicer weather. Hundreds of families took part in the kid-friendly activities set up at the base of Rotary Hill — all while enjoying the sun, a warm breeze and temperatures that hovered in the mid-70s. “We’re just excited that we have a beautiful day,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation for the Naperville Park District.

     
  • Next phase of Sportsman’s Park cleanup begins in Naperville May 9, 2014 6:56 PM
    Crews who will remove lead from 17 acres of soil at Sportsman’s Park near downtown Naperville got the go-ahead this week to begin a second phase of work to make the area safer and more of a destination for recreation. “The rest of this year, we’ll be working on this land,” Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said.

     
  • Busy month ahead for Naperville’s Élan Dance Company Apr 29, 2014 1:18 PM
    Naperville Park District’s Élan Dance Company will perform in three different venues this month.

     
  • Outdoor work starting soon at Knoch Knolls in Naperville Apr 28, 2014 4:12 PM
    Outdoor construction season is about to begin on a project that will make nature more interactive at Knoch Knolls park in Naperville and improve the area with a new canoe launch, parking lot, paths and playground. “We will start working on removing the existing parking lot that’s actually in the floodway down there and rerouting the bike path,” Project Manager Peggy Pelkonen said.

     
  • Naperville Park District. using savings to improve Jackson Avenue buildings Apr 24, 2014 4:49 PM
    Naperville Park District is looking to use savings from projects like playground renovations and basketball court construction to expedite improvements at a couple buildings on Jackson Avenue. For one, work to build a flood wall and a handicapped accessible path around the administration center at 320 W. Jackson is likely to take place this year instead of next year .“The sooner we get the ADA work done, the better off we are,” commissioner Marie Todd said. “And if we can put the wall in, just do it.”

     
  • Naperville delays approval of lead cleanup contract Apr 24, 2014 11:14 AM
    A last-minute letter from the DuPage County Division of Environmental Concerns caused Naperville Park District to delay approval of a contract for the remainder of lead removal and site improvements at Sportsman's Park. The concerns are "nothing earth-shattering," Executive Director Ray McGury said, but park district officials would like to get them ironed out before potential approval of a $2.9 million contract for lead removal and other work at the park.

     
  • Naperville Park District seeks volunteers to spruce up parks Mar 25, 2014 2:17 PM
    With spring officially arriving last week, we all look forward to the amazing transformation that will occur in our winter-weary landscape over the next month. As we go from snow on the ground to blossoms on the trees, the Naperville Park District is looking for community volunteers who are willing to put on rain boots, work gloves and warm jackets to help spruce up our parks.

     
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