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Naperville Park District to Offer Free Summer Events

Farmers Market, Night at the Movies and Rock the Hill returning in 2019

As we look forward to the summer weather which we hope is just a few weeks away, it’s time to mark your calendars with the Naperville Park District’s free, outdoor concerts and events.

The 13th annual Frontier Kite Fly Festival and Kick Off to Summer, presented by The Branch, will be held at Frontier Sports Complex, located at 3380 Cedar Glade Drive on Sunday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. A free event, the Kite Fly Festival offers fun for all ages and a chance to view gigantic kites flown by kite enthusiasts from Chicago Kite. Participants also can practice flying their own kites. Other activities include free, live music, unlimited inflatable jumping for $5, and activities provided by KidsMatter for teens. Families are encouraged to enjoy a relaxing day at the park, and to bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from a variety of food trucks on site.

After a successful first season in 2018, Naperville Park District and the 95th Street Library are partnering again to host the 95th Street Farmers Market, presented by FBC Remodel, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade breads, jams and other items. The Market will be held on Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the 95th Street Library, located at 3015 Cedar Glade Drive in Naperville. The Market opens June 6 and continues through September 26.

Also returning after its 2018 debut is A Night at the Movies, a series of family-friendly movies in the park. Movies will begin at 8:30 p.m. for all dates except September 13, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. Movies, dates and locations are as follows:

  • June 7 – “Christopher Robin” – Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.
  • July 12 – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” – Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.
  • July 26 – “Incredibles 2” – Frontier Sports Complex, east side, 3415 Book Rd.
  • August 9 – “Ant-Man and the Wasp” – Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.
  • September 13 – “Mary Poppins Returns” – Frontier Sports Complex, east side, 3415 Book Rd.

 Additionally, Rock the Hill, is returning in 2019 with two free concerts at Rotary Hill on Friday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m.: The Wayouts on June 21 and OMT on August 2.

The Concerts in Your Park series bring family-friendly music to different parks throughout the community on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. except for the July 18 concert, which will be held on Thursday evening. Concert locations and music styles were selected based on the results of online voting by residents earlier this year. The 2019 schedule is as follows:

June 9 – Soda at Queensbury Greens, 1520 Brookdale Rd.

June 23 – Ethan Bell Band at Gartner Park, 524 W. Gartner Rd.

June 30 – Shout Out at White Eagle Park, 3140 White Eagle Dr.

July 14 – The Hat Guys at Century Farms Park, 715 Sigmund Rd.

July 18 – Five Guys Named Moe at A. George Pradel Park, 4519 Pradel Dr.

July 28 – Off the Charts at Walnut Ridge Park, 2304 Keim Dr.

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment, presented by Living Well Dental Group, provides fun, interactive shows for kids and their families on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. New this summer, a children’s book reading will begin at 11:20 a.m. before each show, provided by Sourcebooks, a Naperville publishing company.  Locations alternate between the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, located west of Centennial Beach at 912 Sindt Ct., and Frontier Sports Complex, located at 3415 Book Rd. Performances are as follows:

June 11, Frontier Sports Complex, Tim Balster

June 18, Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, Rick Kelley

June 25, Frontier Sports Complex, Ken Schultz

July 9, Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, Super Stolie

July 16, Frontier Sports Complex, The Frog Lady

July 23, Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies

The Millennium Carillon will present its annual Summer Recital Series on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. from June 4-August 20. Carillonneurs from Naperville and from all around the world will perform, while audiences are invited to picnic on the lawn and enjoy the free music. The schedule of carillonneurs is as follows:

June 4, Tim Sleep, Naperville, IL

June 11, Jim Brown, Naperville, IL

June 18, Sally Harwood, Williamston, MI

June 25, Amy Johansen, Sydney, Australia

July 2, Bernard Winsemius, Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 9, Kimberly Schafer, Chicago, IL (with a performance by Élan Dance Company at 6:30 p.m.)

July 16, Carlo Van Ulft, Springfield, IL

July 23, Michael Solotke, Philadelphia, PA and Tiffany Lin, New Haven, CT

July 30, Leslie Chan, Berkeley, CA

Aug. 6, Alex Johnson, Rochester, NY (with a performance by Élan Dance Company at 6:30 p.m.)

Aug. 13, Jan Verheyen, Belgium

Aug. 20, Jeremy Chesman, Springfield, MO         


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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.

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