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A Message from the Executive Director - Winter 2019

Dear Friend of the Naperville Park District:

With the release of the 2019 Winter Program Guide, we will publish this letter only in digital form, as we did with the Autumn 2018 Guide, leaving space in the Program Guide for a new series of infographics. The new infographic in our Winter edition explains our Fee Assistance Program, who can benefit, and ways to help. These changes in the ways we communicate are part of the Naperville Park District’s efforts to reach more of our community and along with that, to make parks and recreation more accessible and responsive to the changing needs of our residents.

Bringing free Wi-Fi to our parks and facilities is an example of providing broader digital access for our community, and something residents have requested.  In spring 2018, the Naperville Park District signed an agreement with WOW! and Digital Lobby to provide complimentary Wi-Fi in exchange for advertising space. Park District locations now equipped with Wi-Fi include: Centennial Beach, Centennial Grill, Centennial Skate Facility, Riverwalk Café, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Springbrook Golf Course and Rotary Hill. Watch for signs in these locations reminding you that complementary Wi-Fi is available.

With the increasing popularity of recreational drone flying, the Park District has fielded requests from residents for a place where they can fly drones. On October 1, we opened one of the first drone fields in the Chicago suburban area at Brush Hill Park, located at 203 N. Whispering Hills Drive. The drone field is in the western section of the park, and includes a concrete pad for take-offs and landings, a picnic table and a sign listing the rules. Before flying your drone, be sure to read the FAA rules available at and the District’s Ordinance 641 Section 2.01 regarding Aviation/Drones, which can be found at:

Another new facility that just opened in September 2018 is the District’s first set of four dedicated pickleball courts at Nike Sports Complex. Naperville Park District introduced pickleball to the community in the fall of 2012 by adding pickleball lines to one of the tennis courts at DuPage River Sports Complex, and later, adding pickleball lines to several other tennis courts.  With the opening of Fort Hill Activity Center in 2016, pickleball open gym availability attracted many new players and interest in the sport has exploded. We anticipate that the outdoor courts at Nike will be used heavily. Four more courts are planned for the new park development at Southwest Community Park, which will begin in summer 2019, with a 2020 opening expected.

With the holidays just around the corner, we are proud once again to host Santa House on the Riverwalk, presented by Woody Buick GMC and supported by more than 16 local sponsors and many community volunteers. Santa House opens on Friday, November 30 and continues through December 23. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!


Ray McGury
Executive Director
Naperville Park District

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