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Explore the World of Gymnastics at Fort Hill Activity Center

Bright colors, springy surfaces, inviting high bars and soft landings…all these and more await eager participants in the gymnastics programs at Fort Hill Activity Center.


“Young children have so much fun in our gymnastics room,” said Gymnastics Coordinator Karen Schmidt. “Our programs are based on fun and safety, with mats everywhere and equipment that is modified for size,” she explained.


The state-of-the-art gymnastics room at Fort Hill Activity Center is perfect for beginners all the way up to high school gymnasts, who can work on advanced skills in all events.

 “Our equipment gives students the support they need to feel secure and learn correct technique from the beginning,” said Karen. “Progressing through our program, kids move up with teacher permission, so they grow in confidence as they grow in strength, body awareness and skill.”

Tumbl Trak and Foam Pit


One of the new pieces of equipment that kids love is the Tumbl Trak, a 30-foot long, 6-foot-wide trampoline that sits on the edge of the colorful foam pit. Three-year-olds learn to bounce all the way down the length of the Trak, and it’s great for teaching handsprings and front flips, landing in the foam pit. The pit also provides a safe landing for the high bar, vault, spring floor and beam.

 See the Tumbl Trak and Foam Pit in action here.

Spring Floor and Wedges


The large spring floor gives beginning tumblers the extra boost to try and succeed at cartwheels and handsprings. The padded equipment, such as the wedge, helps teach correct positioning and prepares gymnasts for tumbling moves. Young children enjoy the obstacle course, with climbing boards, trapezes, tunnels and more.

Jump In and Try a Class or Open Gym

Classes have been added at all levels to accommodate the growing interest.  Spring Break Gymnastics Camps are nearly full, but there are spots available in the spring season (April- early June) in the Gym Cats program for ages 1-6, and Gymnastics and Tumbling programs for kids ages 6-14, plus a class for high school girls, ages 14-18. And a variety of Summer Gymnastics Camps will pack a month’s worth of weekly gymnastics training into each week of camp. 

Open gyms in the gymnastics room are scheduled each week  for kids ages 4-15 on Friday evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and for high school ages only on Sunday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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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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