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  • 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.

  • ‘Whimsical’ sculpture to honor Naperville Humane Society founders Mar 14, 2014 2:33 PM
    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 leader Mar 6, 2014 1:24 PM
    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, Will County planning trail connection Feb 28, 2014 4:13 PM
    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 ""Forest Preserve District about a new segment of the HYPERLINK ""DuPage River Trail is set to be considered March 13.

  • Naperville waiting on weather to continue Sportsman’s Park work Feb 28, 2014 2:12 PM
    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 hires construction firm for activity center Feb 28, 2014 5:38 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 parks hopes state can help fund activity center Feb 19, 2014 9:36 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 update Feb 14, 2014 4:43 PM
    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.

  • Initial support strong for Naperville Park District activity center Feb 3, 2014 1:21 PM
    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.

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