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  Participants in the Park District’s Dance Academy enjoy the collaborative and friendly spirit of the program, from beginning ballet classes to membership in Élan Dance Company, the audition-only performance group.  Élan Dance Company performing at the Carillon, August 2017 When the Academy introduced a first-ever competition dance class in 2014...
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Like many Naperville residents, Phyllis loves the Riverwalk and enjoys walking her dog there year-round. As a volunteer, she has developed a deeper appreciation of all that goes into design and care of the beautiful flower beds that make the Riverwalk so appealing. Phyllis (middle) with fellow volunteers Susan (left) and...
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Did you know that tennis players in the U.S. use more than 125 million new tennis balls each year?  Even if some are re-used, most end up in landfills, decomposing very slowly. As the Naperville Park District’s Green Team began to look into recycling tennis balls, the Park District’s tennis coordinator...
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The Park District’s first-ever Monarch Festival brought more than 700 people to Knoch Knolls Park on Sept. 17 to celebrate and learn about Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension hosted an information table   Visitors watched as Monarch butterflies were released to begin their...
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In November 2016, Matt D. turned 30 and decided to change his life.  Since that time, he has lost 160 pounds and gained strength, stamina and the satisfaction of achieving his goals. A fitness member at Fort Hill Activity Center, he graciously agreed to share his story with our Park District...
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In one of the most amazing and fun events of Labor Day Weekend, dogs will run faster than a flying Frisbee® and will leap high into the air for the joy of catching it. The Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee® World Championships are coming to Nike Sports Complex, 1520 N. Mill St.,...
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  What better way to enjoy the late summer/early fall weather than to head outdoors for a picnic in the park! You don’t have to go far to find a spot to spread out your feast. Your picnic place can be as near as your neighborhood park, as the Naperville Park...
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The newest activity at Centennial Beach is making a splash this summer:  yoga on a stand up paddle board.  Paddle board yoga combines the peacefulness of floating on the water with the challenge of applying one’s core strength and balance to stay upright.  “The class quickly sold out,” said yoga instructor...
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Scotty Boyajian, one of the players on Springbrook Golf Course’s first PGA Junior League team in 2013, is now competing regularly on the state and regional tournament circuit. Scotty won the Illinois Junior Golf Association’s Players Challenge #3 at Pheasant Run on June 22-23, scoring 69 and 72.   Scotty Boyajian...
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Sometimes the best incentive to get fit comes from your own family. When Maggie Newlin was looking for something positive and energizing to do outside of her work, she found inspiration from her father, Greg, who has been working out daily for 15 years. “Dad convinced me to get up early,...
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On May 11, Bobby Carlsen and Mike King began their 4-year terms as Naperville Park District Commissioners, while Gerry Heide and Kirsten Young stepped down from their 9 and 8 years of service, respectively. Commissioners Bobby Carlsen and Mike King Meet Our New Commissioners Bobby Carlsen Bobby Carlsen was born and...
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National Volunteer Week is April 24-29, and we want to give a shout out to all of the people who serve as volunteers with the Naperville Park District. More than 3,900 individuals gave a total of 95,970 hours to support Park District events and projects in 2016, from coaching youth sports...
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Did you know that the Park District’s new Fort Hill Activity Center is partially powered by 117 solar panels on its roof?  This new, mostly hidden source of renewable energy is just one of the many eco-friendly features of the Activity Center. A sign posted at the entrance to the Activity...
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Bright colors, springy surfaces, inviting high bars and soft landings…all these and more await eager participants in the gymnastics programs at Fort Hill Activity Center.   “Young children have so much fun in our gymnastics room,” said Gymnastics Coordinator Karen Schmidt. “Our programs are based on fun and safety, with mats...
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Commissioner Marie Todd, re-elected in 2015, explains why she first ran for the Board and what she has learned in her years of service. Commissioner Todd was recently appointed as Co-Chair Elect of the Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation Committee for the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and has served as...
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The fast-growing sport of pickleball, new to Naperville, is now available at Fort Hill Activity Center, attracting new players every week.   Pickleball players Ed and Jody at the Friday morning open gym at Fort Hill Activity Center Curious about what pickleball is?  A blend of ping-pong and tennis, the game...
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ParkTalk with an Expert:  Knoch Knolls Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman    Winter at Knoch Knolls Park Winter is a great time to get out and look for wildlife. Overcast days tend to be the best times to see animals, even when it’s a little rainy. But even if you don’t...
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 Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman gives tips on how to look for wildlife in the winter.   Winter at Knoch Knolls Park Winter is a great time to get out and look for wildlife. Overcast days tend to be the best times to see animals, even when it’s a little rainy....
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On December 13, 2016, Santa House once again hosted a special night for military families and first responders. Reservations filled up quickly. Last year, a heart-warming story came to light about a family's tradition of visiting with Santa on military night. Here is the story again from 2015.  And just a...
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ParkTalk with an Expert: Fort Hill Fitness Center’s nationally certified personal trainers Carl Golloway and Beth Young show you a quick, 10-minute workout that you can do at home or at the gym.     1. Warm-ups – 2 minutes Perform each of the two exercises for about 1 minute: Mountain...
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