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Barn Recreation Center

421 W. Martin Ave
Naperville, IL
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The Barn is home to many Naperville Park District recreation and preschool programs. The main floor of the facility (2,700 sq. ft.) and four classrooms may be rented for meetings, parties, or special events. To arrange for a room rental, please contact our Community Relations Department at 630-848-5000.

Equipment: No food preparation or refrigeration; groups may bring their own warming plates; 100-cup coffee pot, one 30-cup pot for hot water use only; two coat racks; pay phone in the lobby; air-conditioned.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 12:00 a.m.. Naperville Park District attendant on site during rentals.

Main Floor - 2,700 sq. ft, tile floor, small stage; capacity 200 with auditorium-style setup; maximum number of tables (6ft.) is 25 with capacity of 160 people.

Room C - 900 sq. ft., tile floor; small group meetings with capacity of 30 people

Call 848-5000 for rental fee information.
Current Projects:

The Naperville Park District conducted a study of the Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility at 421 W. Martin Avenue. The study examined the existing and future needs of the Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility.

Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility Study

In 2009, the Naperville Park District conducted a study of the Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility to review current conditions of the facilities and provide recommendations for future improvements. The study identified deficiencies with program and operations areas, including the inability to easily modify indoor space to accommodate additional needs, compliance with applicable building codes and ADA accessibility guidelines. The study also identified that both facilities are near the end of their useful lifecycles. Therefore, the project team prepared concept plans in an attempt to address the issues for both facilities including 1.) minor renovations, 2.) additions and renovations and 3.) new construction.

The Naperville Park District presented the concept plans at a Public Open House on October 13, 2009 in order to gather comments from community stakeholders. In addition, the project team provided the Park Board of Commissioners with a project presentation at the November 19, 2009 workshop.

Park District staff recommended the development of a Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility Review Team in order to further analyze the improvement options associated with the two facilities and gather additional community and stakeholder input. The District formed the Barn/Shop Review Team comprised of over twenty members representing community organizations, program participants and interested residents. The review team developed goals around the further analysis of the concept plans.

The Naperville Park District presented the updated concept plans at a Public Open House on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Barn Recreation Center at 421 W. Martin Avenue.

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As a result of the extensive research, analysis, and community feedback, the Park District identified Option 2: Construction of a new Central Maintenance Facility at Knoch Park as the best option.  As such, the Park District commissioned an architectural firm to design the Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility project in February 2013.  The construction portion of the project is scheduled to begin in late July 2016 with the intent to reach substantial completion in spring 2017.

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