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  • 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 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, 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 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.

  • Kayaking coming to Naperville’s Paddleboat Quarry Jan 24, 2014 6:36 PM
    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 4:30 PM
    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.

  • Park district seeks activity center ideas from Naperville residents Jan 13, 2014 3:58 PM
    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 to consider Riverwalk boundary extension Jan 14, 2014 10:39 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 4:19 PM
    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 4:14 PM
    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 5:22 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 5:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors offer their quick thoughts on grocery stores, medical saviors and underage liquor sales, among other topics.

  • Naperville golf event cold but successful Nov 23, 2013 6:06 PM
    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.

  • Ice rinks taking shape in Naperville Nov 20, 2013 3:55 PM
    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 District set to buy activity center site Nov 13, 2013 4:23 PM
    HYPERLINK ""Naperville Park District commissioners are poised to take the first step toward building an indoor activity center when they vote Thursday night on plans to buy a site for the proposed facility. The park board is expected to approve the $2 million purchase of a 5.2-acre vacant property at 1760 Quincy Ave. during its meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal center at 400 S. Eagle St.

  • Naperville park board buys site for activity center Nov 15, 2013 9:10 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.”

  • Naperville interpretive center wins design award Oct 29, 2013 12:54 PM
    The Northeast Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently announced the 2013 Design Awards, selecting Naperville Park District’s Seager Park Interpretive Center as a “Distinguished Building” in the “Under $3 Million” category.

  • Hungry goats finish Naperville field-clearing duties early Oct 16, 2013 12:47 PM
    Never underestimate the eating power of goats. A herd of 45 hired to clear brush and invasive plants from a five-acre field at Knoch Knolls in Naperville has finished its meal about a week early, the Naperville Park District said Wednesday. “The goats have eaten every green leaf within reach, and even the bark of some of the trees,” Park Specialist Tom Lynch said in a written statement.

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