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Donation to Support Future Pavilion at Knoch Knolls Park

Recently, Naperville Park District learned that the Beneficiary of the Frank J. Rus Trust wishes to donate $250,000 to support the construction of a new pavilion and site improvements at Knoch Knolls Park.  The Frank J. Rus Trust previously donated nearly 40 acres of land to the Park District in 2021, creating the Frank Rus Preserve at Knoch Knolls Park.  The new pavilion will support the Park District’s outdoor educational and recreational programs and provide visitors to the park with an area to picnic in a beautiful natural setting.  The pavilion is proposed for the south side of the DuPage River, accessible from the bicycle/pedestrian bridge.

At its May 26 meeting, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to begin a 60-day period of consideration prior to naming the pavilion the “Frank J. Rus Pavilion.”

“We are grateful for this generous donation that will enable the Park District to fill a need for outdoor program space at Knoch Knolls Park,” said Executive Director Brad Wilson. “This park has benefitted from the generosity of community members from the beginning, when Judge Win Knoch and Irene Knoch donated 13 acres of land to the Naperville Park District in 1980 to form Knoch Knolls Park.”

Knoch Knolls Park has grown since 1980 to encompass more than 258 acres. Visit for a brief history of land acquisition at the park.

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