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Centennial Beach Announces Its Back-to-School Hours

As students return to school, Centennial Beach will begin its late-season schedule, offering weekday afternoon swimming from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 15-16 and on Monday and Tuesday, August 19-20, in addition to its regular weekend hours.

The complete August-September schedule is as follows:

  • August 14:  Closed
  • August 15-16: 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Open Swim
  • August 17: 9:00-10:55 a.m. – Adult Float
                      11:00 a.m. – Dusk – Open Swim
  • August 18: 9:00-10:55 a.m. – Adult Float
                      11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Open Swim
  • August 19-20: 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Open Swim
  • August 21-23 – Closed
  • August 24: 9:00-10:55 a.m. – Adult Float
                      11:00 a.m. – Dusk – Open Swim
  • August 25: 9:00-10:55 a.m. – Adult Float
                      11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Open Swim
  • August 26-30 – Closed
  • August 31: 9:00-10:55 a.m. – Adult Float
                      11:00 a.m. – Dusk – Open Swim
  • September 1: 9:00-10:55 a.m. – Adult Float
                      11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Open Swim
  • September 2: 9:00-10:55 a.m. – Adult Float (members only)
                      11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Open Swim

Located in downtown Naperville, Centennial Beach features a sandy beach, zero depth entry, water features and a slide at the shallow end and piers, diving boards and deep water swimming at the deep end.

Highlights of the 2019 summer season included the addition of a new water polo team for kids ages 8-14, great summer weather in July and August, a visit by the WGN morning news team during the station’s block party in downtown Naperville on July 12, and the continuation of popular programs such as Paddle Board Yoga, the Mudrats Swim Team, and Special Needs Nights.

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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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