Thursday, May 16, 2013
Free, family-friendly event will feature learn-to-fly kite lessons, stunts and demonstrations.
A sure sign of summer is the sight of a colorful kite flying in the breeze against a blue sky. What better place in which to fly a kite than Naperville’s Frontier Sports Complex? With plenty of open space and steady winds, Frontier Sports Complex will host the Naperville Park District’s 7th annual Kite Fly Festival on Sunday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event is presented by BMO Harris. Additional sponsors include Tide Dry Cleaners, Naperville Development Partnership/Naperville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and Eye Level (formerly Enopi). Attendees can participate in learn-to-fly lessons from Chicago Kite, join in on the fun family flying and single-line flying, or just enjoy the amazing stunts and …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors will host the 2013 Battle of the Bands this Friday, May 17.
The Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors will host the 2013 Battle of the Bands, a free event featuring nine of the community’s top high school student rock bands, representing all five area high schools. The public is invited to hear the variety of music created by local students and cheer on their favorite bands. The lineup is as follows: 5:10 p.m. – Peter Halbert’s Legion - Naperville Central High School 5:30 p.m. – Naught - Metea Valley High School 5:50 p.m. – Bro Spice - Naperville North High School 6:10 p.m. – Dead Yet Alive - Naperville North High School 6:30 p.m. – We Laugh at Monsters - Neuqua Valley High School 6:50 p.m. – The Lucky Ones – Waubonsie Valley High School 7:10 p.m. – The Tipsters – Neuqua Valley High School 7:…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Naperville Park District announces dates and information for downtown summer attractions.
Last week, Naperville's Centennial Beach was being filled with water, but not in the way park district officials had planned. Watch: DuPage River Waterfall Flows into Centennial Beach Due to heavy storms, water from the DuPage River flooded across the beach's neighboring Riverwalk and cascaded into the empty quarry, creating a rushing waterfall of river water. As flood waters subside and the river continues to recede, Naperville Park District officials are now busy cleaning and refilling Centennial Beach in preparation for the 2013 beach season. The district expects to open the beach as planned on Saturday, May 25 as well as other summer hot spots in the coming weeks. Centennial Beach memberships are currently on sale and those who …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Exhibits will include a river aquarium, an interactive wall map of the DuPage River watershed as well as plants and animals of the DuPage River Confluence.
The Naperville Park District is set to break ground this summer for the Knoch Knolls Park nature center in south Naperville. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. The Park District is now completing detailed plans in preparation for the anticipated summer 2013 groundbreaking of a nature center and other park improvements at Knoch Knolls, a 224-acre park located at 336 Knoch Knolls Rd. in south Naperville. “The Knoch Knolls Nature Center will be the Naperville Park District’s first staffed nature center,” said the Park District’s Director of Recreation Brad Wilson in a release. “We are excited to provide a place for indoor and outdoor learning that will help many kids and adults …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Naperville Park District crowned this year's dodgeball champions during a tournament on Feb. 24.
This year's tournament, sponsored by the Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors, took place on Feb. 24. Eleven teams competed, with Loiter Squad defeating DiFranco four games to three in a best-of-seven final match. The Youth Ambassadors is a group of high school students who work with the Naperville Park District to plan community-wide special events for teens.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Naperville Park District is giving residents the chance to vote for their preferred venue and style of music for this summer's concert series.
The Naperville Park District is giving residents the chance to vote for their preferred location and style of music for the 2013 summer concert series. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. Concerts in Your Park, presented by Continental Motors of Naperville, is a free summer music series that travels to select Naperville parks featuring talented bands from the Chicago area that appeal to audiences of all ages. For the past ten years, concert locations and performers have been selected by Naperville Park District staff. For this 11th season, the park district and Continental Motors of Naperville, want to let residents choose among several parks in each geographical area of the city. …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Coyote mating season is approaching and sightings may become even more common throughout the next few months.
Pet owners may want to keep a closer eye on the family dog in the coming months as coyote sightings in Naperville may become even more common. Earlier: Coyotes Spotted in Naperville: Where You've Seen Them February through April is the typical period for coyote mating and nearby Wheaton recently issued a warning to residents to take precautions. "Coyotes are opportunistic and will go for easy prey, such as an unattended pet," according to a release from the city of Wheaton. Like dogs, coyotes will also test their limits around people and they learn something new from every encounter, according to the Naperville Park District. Without negative reinforcement, coyotes can become more aggressive. The Naperville Park District offers these tips …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Naperville Park District is partnering with Players Indoor Sports Center and SCARCE to host a gym shoe collection this winter.
Have an old pair of sneakers laying around? The Naperville Park District is partnering with Players Indoor Sports Center and SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) to host a community gym shoe collection this winter. “This is a green initiative, with the intent to provide a convenient location for families and individuals participating in our indoor athletic programs to drop off gym shoes that are outgrown, worn out, or no longer needed,” said Sue Omanson, community development manager and member of the Naperville Park District’s Green Team in a release. Gym shoes collected this winter will be added to the 2013 Gym Shoe Rescue conducted in April by SCARCE, a non-profit organization in DuPage County…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Residents are invited to attend the third annual "State of the Park" address on Feb. 9.
The public is invited to attend the third annual “State of the Park District” address by Park Board President Kirsten Young on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center at 8 a.m. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. “This event is an opportunity for interested residents and community leaders to hear an overview of what we accomplished in 2012 and what our goals are for 2013,” said Board President Kirsten Young in a release. The “State of the Park District” address allows the Park District to communicate both formally and informally with the community. In 2012, the district conducted a Community Interest and Opinion Survey and held several public outreach events …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Hailed as the "crown jewel" of Naperville, the Riverwalk includes brick paths, fountains, bridges, meeting and event places, outdoor sculpture and artwork, recreational facilities, and celebratory memorials.
A visit to Naperville would not be complete without a stop to the Riverwalk. Hailed as the village's "crown jewel," the Riverwalk was created in 1981 as a permanent commemorative to honor Naperville's 150th anniversary. Features include nearly two miles of brick paths, fountains, bridges, meeting and event places, outdoor sculpture and artwork, recreational facilities, and celebratory memorials, at 500 W. Jackson Ave. Riverwalk highlights include Fredenhagen Park with its landmark clock tower, the Dandelion Fountain, Paddleboat Quarry where four-person paddleboats are available for rental on all non-school days from mid-May to mid-September, the historic Centennial Beach, and Centennial Park’s inline skating/skateboarding facility. …