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  • Thirsty visitors flock to Naperville’s Winter Ale Fest Feb 28, 2015 9:41 PM
    More than 60 beer brewers brought their wares for consumption at Naperville’s Frontier Park Saturday afternoon during the 2015 Winter Ale Fest sponsored by the Naperville Parks Foundation. Hundreds of thirsty visitors poured into the park to taste what was pouring out of the scores of kegs brought by the craft brewers from across the country.

  • 400 dancers in Des Plaines Dance Idol competion Feb 21, 2015 1:07 PM
    More than 400 dancers from 18 studios and three independent dancers participated in the annual Des Plaines Dance Idol Competition at Prairie Lakes Community Center. “This is the seventh year of Dance Idol and it is exciting to see how this dance convention has become what it is today,” said Nancy Suwalski, cultural arts supervisor for the Des Plaines Park District.

  • Naperville Riverwalk Eatery one step closer to liquor sales Feb 17, 2015 5:40 AM
    Beer and wine might be coming to a little cafe Naperville Park District is sprucing up along the Riverwalk, if the city council approves a request for a new liquor license. But some previous Riverwalk and park district leaders oppose the idea or alcohol at the eatery near the paddleboat quarry and Millennium Carillon. “It just seems to me like this is the last place adjacent to downtown Naperville where we're not serving beer or wine and I don't know why we have to,” said Charlie Brown, a former park commissioner.

  • Too cold? Not for pickup hockey in Naperville! Feb 14, 2015 6:51 PM
    Naperville Park District maintains two boarded outdoor hockey rinks at Centennial Park, and even on a cold Saturday, they draw diehard players for pickup games. “We’ve got a good mix of guys out here today, which makes it a lot of fun. No one takes it too seriously, everyone has a good time and that’s the best part about it,” said Chris Hill, 22, an assistant hockey coach at Waubonsie Valley High School.

  • Naperville Park District OKs $7.87 million maintenance facility Jan 26, 2015 6:04 PM
    Work on a $7.87 million project to build a new maintenance facility in Naperville’s Knoch Park is scheduled to begin in the middle of next year and be completed before June 2017. The park district board voted late last week to pursue the project to replace the outdated facility at 724 S. West St. The maintenance facility is one of three in the district. Park district Executive Director Ray McGury said the existing facility is diplapidated and “there are a lot of things going wrong with it.”

  • Park district proposing beer, wine sales at Naperville Riverwalk Eatery Jan 9, 2015 4:28 PM
    Naperville Park District is seeking a liquor license to sell beer and wine at the Riverwalk Eatery, but no one is looking to create a “tavern on the Riverwalk.” Park board President Mike Reilly said the district instead wants to sell cans of beer and single-serve wine at the eatery at 441 Aurora Ave. “We’re not looking to be a tavern on the Riverwalk; we’re looking for an amenity that will attract families,” Reilly said.

  • Running company paying to plow path in south Naperville parks Jan 5, 2015 4:28 PM
    Naperville runners who aren’t afraid of the cold will have a new plowed path this year as an outdoor exercise option: the Frontier Park Trail on the south side of the city. Naperville Running Company will reimburse Naperville Park District for costs incurred to plow the two-mile path after each snowfall of two inches or more this year, owner Kris Hartner said. “It just didn’t make sense to not have it useful for what could be a long chunk of the year,” he said.

  • ‘Thrill’ is back at newly renovated Naperville Sportsman’s Park range Dec 28, 2014 6:54 PM
    The familiar command of “pull!” and the crackle of shotguns returned Sunday to Sportsman’s Park in Naperville, much to the delight of marksmen who endured a six-month renovation of the park district’s trapshooting range. “It’s fabulous. We couldn’t be more happy,” said Jim Monk, the Naperville Sportsman’s Club president.

  • Trapshooting to resume Sunday at Sportsman’s Park in Naperville Dec 19, 2014 4:05 PM
    Members of Naperville Sportsman’s Club are getting their shooting range back Sunday after it was shuttered for six months for renovations. That means clay targets will be flying as people such as Sportsman’s Club President Jim Monk get back to the hobby they love in the park at 735 S. West St. “We’re extremely excited,” Monk said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been out there.”

  • Peace pole coming to Naperville’s Veterans Park Dec 18, 2014 4:30 PM
    An 8-foot-tall peace pole will be installed next spring at Veterans Park in Naperville as a gathering point to celebrate peace near and far. The ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation commissioned the pole designed by an Ohio artist to promote peace as a value in the community, said Revati Natesan, the group’s founder. “We think every moment is peaceful, every day is peace, so we’re just going to celebrate,” she said.

  • Sportsman’s Park, activity center on Naperville district’s to-do list Dec 6, 2014 7:21 AM
    Opening the Knoch Knolls Nature Center likely was the Naperville Park District’s biggest accomplishment this year, but two other major projects remain on the horizon. Renovations and soil cleanup at Sportsman’s Park should be completed next, and the park district plans to break ground in the spring on the Fort Hill Activity Center.

  • Fitness stations coming in spring to Naperville’s Nike park Oct 21, 2014 5:44 PM
    Nike Sports Complex in Naperville next spring will offer one more way to get healthy: fitness stations. Between six and 10 stations offering warm-ups, strength training and cool-down stretches will be installed along a path at the park on Naperville's north side by next spring, said Fran Krumlauf, an exercise physiologist who is helping the Naperville Park District choose, pay for and install the stations.

  • FootGolf latest craze to hit suburban links Oct 18, 2014 7:38 AM
    A new combination of golf and soccer -- called FootGolf -- is popping up at suburban golf courses as managers look to get more use of their facilities and attract new players. “It follows 99 percent of the rules of golf but instead of having a club and a little ball and many struggles, it’s just kicking the ball forward and aiming toward a 21-inch cup,” said Carols Stremi, founder of the Illinois FootGolf Association.

  • Naperville updates Riverwalk improvement priorities Oct 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Stewards of Naperville’s Riverwalk have updated a document of guidelines for future development to reflect top priorities for improvements along the 1.75-mile path. Three locations are the focus: the future Water Street District between Main and Webster streets, a property owned by North Central College north of the Burger King on Washington Street and from the Riverwalk’s southern edge at Hillside Road to Martin Avenue.

  • Knoch Knolls Nature Center opens in Naperville, focuses on water Oct 3, 2014 5:34 AM
    The rain drizzled on a large white tent near an eco-friendly building Thursday evening as Naperville Park District officials and community members began to “celebrate water” for the first time at the new Knoch Knolls Nature Center. “This facility right here is going to teach a lot of young people the importance of water and how to take care of it for future generations,” said Brook McDonald, CEO of the Conservation Foundation, which is located across the street from the new nature center.

  • Naperville indoor activity center gets name, parking plan Sep 26, 2014 5:07 PM
    Naperville Park District officials have come up with a name for the indoor activity center they’re building and a plan to make sure it has enough parking. The facility now is being called the Fort Hill Activity Center, and 112 of its parking spaces will come from a lease of spots available at the city’s public works headquarters. “We can use it for parking at times when the city doesn’t need it,” park board President Mike Reilly said about the leased parking. “It’s really a common-sense solution.”

  • Sawmill sculpture provides ‘right element’ for Naperville nature center Sep 17, 2014 9:57 AM
    As Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center approaches its grand opening Oct. 2, Chicago artist Lucy Slivinski thinks she might have installed the finishing touch. “And then we put up this piece and it was just like the right element that sort of made everything make sense about why that park is there and its relationship to the river,” Slivinski said.

  • 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.

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