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Winter Sports Facilities

Stay Off the Ice to Stay Safe this Season
Did you know that there are over 500 retention ponds in Naperville? Regardless of the time of year, it is never safe to go out on the water – even when it appears to be frozen! You never know how thick or strong the ice may be as these aspects are affected by varying temperatures, which create thin, weak spots that are dangerous and unpredictable. Parents, please talk to your kids about the dangers of ponds in winter and teach them how to stay safe. Help pets stay safe, too, by keeping them leashed around ponds.

Sled Hills

The following hills are located in parks that close at dusk.
- Arrowhead Park, 711 Iroquois Avenue
- Brook Crossings, 1015 95th Street
- Country Lakes Park, 1835 North Aurora Road
- Gartner Park, 524 W Gartner Road
- May Watts Park, 804 S. Whispering Hills Drive

Riverwalk Sled Hill at Rotary Hill
There is great sledding right on the Naperville Riverwalk. The hill provides fun for the entire family. Sledders should bring their own inner tubes or plastic sleds. Wooden sleds and metal-runner sleds are not permitted. The hill closes at 9:00 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it remains open until 10:00 p.m.

Sledding Rules and Regulations
Sled hills will open when the soil is frozen and there are two or more inches of snow with no visible grass.
Please note that sledders assume full risk and responsibility for determining that all conditions are safe for sledding. Parent/ adults are responsible for supervising their children 8 years of age and younger.

When sledding, remember:
- Keep your sled under control.
- Avoid other sledders and objects.
- Move quickly out of the path of other sledders.
- Climb uphill along the side of the slope.
- Children ages 8 and younger must be supervised by an adult.
- Only inner tubes and plastic sleds are allowed. Toboggans and sleds with metal runners are not permitted.
- No more than two persons are permitted on a sled at one time.
- Snowboards are not allowed on sled hills.
- Violation of posted rules may result in suspension from the sled hill and/or a fine.

Weigand Riverfront Park, 2436 S. Washington Street
The hill at Weigand Riverfront Park may be used only as a snowboarding hill. Snowboards are restricted on all other Park District hills. Sledding is not allowed at Weigand Riverfront Park. Please note that snowboarders assume full risk and responsibility for determining that all conditions are safe for snowboarding. The snowboarding hill at Weigand Riverfront Park closes at dusk. Parent/adults are responsible for supervising children 8 years of age and younger.

Ice Rinks
NEW - Red and Green Flags Indicate Ice Rink Status
District posts red flags or green flags at its ice skating rinks to indicate whether they are closed or open, providing a user-friendly and visible signal to people at park locations. The District also updates the status of ice rinks at, allowing residents the ability to check on the status of rinks prior to leaving their home. Skaters should not use ice rinks when they are posted as closed on the website or when a red flag is flying at the rink.  

Season is Dec. 15-Feb. 15 (weather-permitting)
Skating areas typically open on or after December 15; however, they can open only after a period of extreme cold. Weather and conditions permitting, the skating season continues through February 15.

To Check the Status of Skating Areas

The following ice rinks are lighted and open until 10:00 p.m.
- Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Avenue
- Nike Sports Complex, 288 W. Diehl
- Wolf's Crossing Community Park, 3252 Wolf's Crossing Road

The following ice rinks are not lighted and close at dusk
- Meadow Glens 1303 Muirhead Avenue
- Gartner Park 524 W. Gartner Road

Hockey and broomball play is allowed only at the two boarded rinks at Centennial Park.  A third rink at Centennial Park is for free skating only. No pucks or sticks are allowed on free-skating areas. 

Lights may be turned off early in the event of low attendance. Please do not skate after 10:00 p.m. since this is when the ice is flooded and groomed. Skating on the soft ice ruins skating for the next day.

Ice Rink Reminders
- The ice rinks are natural rinks that are dependent on weather conditions for ice quality.
- The rinks are designed for recreational skating only and are not maintained at professional or competitive skating standards.
- A minimum of 72 hours of constant temperatures of 15° or below is necessary before the ice-making process may begin.
- Ice skating season is December 15-February 15, weather permitting.

Ice Rink Rules and Regulations
- Hockey is allowed only on hockey board rinks at Centennial Park. No pucks or sticks are allowed on freeskating areas.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
- Skate safely and in a controlled manner to avoid collisions with other skaters.
- Refrain from offensive language and behavior.
- No bottles or glass are allowed on rinks.
- Children ages 8 and younger must be supervised by an adult.
- Violation of posted rules may result in suspension from the ice rink and/or a fine

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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