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  • Naperville Park District seeks volunteers to spruce up parksMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Cleo Keller, volunteer at the Naperville Area Humane Society, visits with one of the cats in the organization’s shelter on Diehl Road. Keller is one of the society’s founding members and has been volunteering for its entire 35-year history.

    ‘Whimsical’ sculpture to honor Naperville Humane Society foundersMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A sculpture of a dog and a cat described as “whimsical,” is in the works to be installed near Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk in Naperville, honoring the efforts of two women who founded the Naperville Area Humane Society 35 years ago. "We decided it’s a good way to honor these ladies,” said longtime humane society member Gail Diedrichsen.

     
  • Naperville Park District Dance Academy has a new leaderMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chesney Murphy has been hired as the new dance coordinator for the Naperville Park District Dance Academy and artistic director for Elan Dance Comapy.

     
  • Naperville waiting on weather to continue Sportsman’s Park workFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Work to remove traces of lead from the soil at Sportsman’s Park near downtown Naperville is set to resume this spring, but the park district first needs some cooperation from Mother Nature. Removal of trees in a 17-acre area where soil cleanup will take place was scheduled to begin this week, but was delayed because of cold weather, park officials said.

     
  • Naperville, Will County planning trail connection Feb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Park District board members soon will review an agreement that could help one of the district’s main trail initiatives move forward. An agreement between the park district and the Will County HYPERLINK "http://www.reconnectwithnature.org/"Forest Preserve District about a new segment of the HYPERLINK "http://www.reconnectwithnature.org/preserves-trails/DuPage-River-Trail"DuPage River Trail is set to be considered March 13.

     
  • Brad Wilson, director of recreation for Naperville Park District, explains preliminary designs Thursday night for the indoor activity center the park district is building at Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive by the end of 2016. The park board on Thursday night hired a Wight Construction, Inc., to manage the project at a guaranteed maximum cost of $20.9 million.

    Naperville hires construction firm for activity centerFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Park District commissioners on Thursday night hired a construction manager for the district’s next major project, approving a guaranteed maximum cost of $20.9 million for construction of an indoor activity center. “Looking back at the top responses over our last three community surveys, this building and the spaces in it hit all the major spaces identified in those surveys except for a swimming pool,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation.

     
  • Naperville Park District is seeking up to $2.5 million in state grant money to help fund a proposed indoor activity center at Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive.

    Naperville parks hopes state can help fund activity centerFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Park District will apply for a state grant that could fund roughly 10 percent of the cost to build an indoor activity center at Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive. The district is seeking up to $2.5 million from the Park and Recreation Construction program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources after $25 million of available funding was announced in January, said Sue Omanson, community development manager.

     
  • Naperville seeks input on trails plan updateFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Park District residents have one more opportunity to weigh in on walking and biking trails before the park district updates the document that tracks current trails and plans future additions.

     
  • Roughly 500 residents who attended open houses about the Naperville Park District’s indoor activity center indicated they would like the facility to include basketball and volleyball courts, cardio equipment, dance studios, a walking track, a gymnastics room, an indoor playground, preschool classrooms, and space for crafts, parties and meetings. The park district plans to design the facility this year and begin construction next year in advance of a fall 2016 targeted opening date.

    Initial support strong for Naperville Park District activity center Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Early public support has been strong for almost everything the Naperville Park District is considering including in the indoor activity center it aims to open by fall 2016. Courts for basketball and volleyball, cardio equipment, dance studios, a walking and running track, a gymnastics room, an indoor playground, preschool classrooms and spaces for arts and crafts, birthday parties and meetings all received high interest from roughly 500 people who attended three open houses the park district held last month, said Eric Shutes, director of planning.

     
  •  Kayak rentals are set to be available this summer at the Paddleboat Quarry along the Riverwalk in Naperville. Park district officials are working on a contract with Naperville Kayak, which would offer the rentals.

    Kayaking coming to Naperville’s Paddleboat Quarry Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Park District is thinking about summer in at least one way as staff members make plans to offer kayaking at Paddleboat Quarry. Brad Wilson, director of recreation, said he is working with Naperville Kayak to offer rentals this summer. “It would be another amenity available to residents through the course of the summer,” Wilson said.

     
  • Digital media lab set to open at Naperville library Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    A digital media lab the Naperville Public Library is creating for 95th Street Library patrons is set to open sometime next month. Julie Rothenfluh, executive director, said the digital media lab plans to host an open house sometime in February so people can get expert assistance and firsthand experience with programs such as iMovie, GarageBand, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop as well as a new 3-D printer.

     
  •  Naperville Park District will hold three open houses in January to gather public input about what should be included in the indoor activity center it plans to build by fall 2016 at 1760 Quincy Avenue.

    Park district seeks activity center ideas from Naperville residents Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Residents who will use Naperville Park District’s indoor activity center of the future are invited to three open houses this month to share ideas about which amenities they would like the facility to include. Basketball courts, a walking track and a basic fitness center definitely will be included, but past that, the park district is open to suggestions for the $20 million facility to be built at 1760 Quincy Avenue.

     
  •  Naperville City Council later this month will consider a boundary change for the downtown Riverwalk that could lead to the path being extended to Martin Avenue from its end at Hillside Road.

    Naperville to consider Riverwalk boundary extension Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A plan to extend the boundary of the Naperville Riverwalk further south could be approved later this month, but lengthening the path is not exactly right around the corner. A new section of Riverwalk could be designed beginning in spring 2015, but construction would not be scheduled to begin until spring 2017.

     
  • Cold-related closures bring ironic twists in Naperville Jan 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Classes have been canceled because of extreme cold just four months after one school district canceled them for extreme heat. Frigid temperatures caused one library to close early on the first day it was set to begin extended hours. And it’s so cold, even ice skating or sledding is a bad idea.

     
  • Naperville’s carillon to ring in 2014 — twice Dec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Naperville community is invited to gather at the Millennium Carillon on New Year’s Eve for two free, family-friendly countdowns. Crowds will count down to 6 p.m. with Mayor George Pradel and CLTV news anchor Dolly McCarthy on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Millennium Carillon on Rotary Hill. Pradel also will host the midnight celebration.

     
  • Naperville tweaks carillon jobs Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    The documents that define who maintains two of downtown Naperville’s best-known amenities — the Riverwalk and the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower — are set to get an update early next year, and the role of one group previously involved with caring for the carillon is becoming less formal.

     
  • The Soapbox Dec 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors offer their quick thoughts on grocery stores, medical saviors and underage liquor sales, among other topics.

     
  •  Derek Weber of Joliet lies on the ground as the human tee during the Naperville Park District’s Turkey Shoot golf tournament Saturday at Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville. Zach Pedersen of Joliet practices his backswing while Dan Hamburger of Naperville watches.

    Naperville golf event cold but successfulNov 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Participants in the Naperville Park District’s annual Turkey Shoot golf tournament on Saturday morning had to contend with the event’s coldest weather in more than a decade. But the event was pretty much at full capacity, said Ed Provow, the park district’s director of golf services. Each participant received a turkey, which he or she could choose to keep or donate to Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville.

     
  •  Naperville Park District crews start the process of setting up ice rinks Tuesday at Centennial Park. When the work is done, the park will offer two walled hockey rinks and one open free-skate rink, weather permitting, from Dec. 15 to Feb. 15.

    Ice rinks taking shape in Naperville Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    You don’t need a calendar to know winter is almost here when ice-skating and hockey rinks start popping up in parks around the area. Naperville is no exception. On Tuesday, park district crews started the two- to three-day process of setting up rinks at Centennial Park.

     
  • Naperville park board buys site for activity centerNov 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Naperville Park District added to its list of properties Thursday night a 5.2-acre site at Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive envisioned to be the future home of an indoor activity center. Park board members bought the land for $2 million as the first major step in a plan to build an indoor facility with amenities for basketball, walking, fitness and social gatherings by sometime in 2016. Park board President Rich Janor said the activity center will “fill a major void in our community, especially in the winter months.”

     
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