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Sportsman's Park

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Location:
735 S. West Street
Naperville, IL
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The trapshooting range at Sportsman's Park is open to the public and features a clubhouse and three lighted trap fields. Anyone who enjoys the sport of trapshooting is invited to come out and shoot. Year-round shooting hours are Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 6:00 p.m., with no sign-up taken after 4:00 p.m. The facility is located on West Street, just north of the Community Garden Plots and across from Knoch Park.  Please note that the range will be closed on the following dates in 2016.


Range Closed On:
April 16, Easter
May 14, Mother’s Day
May 19th NCHS Commencement Rain Day (Closed only if commencement on May 18th is rained out)
November 23, Thanksgiving
December 24, Christmas
December 31, New Year’s Eve limited hours

Fees for shooting are $10.75 for club members, $12.00 for residents, and $13.25 for nonresidents. The fee includes 25 targets and shotgun shells. Additional fees are posted on-site for Doubles and Target Only rounds.  Sportsman's Park is a steel-shot-only range. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and shooters must provide their own shotguns and F.O.I.D. card. 

Click here to view the Sportsman’s Park Trapshooting Range Rules.

The Sportsman's Park Community Clubhouse is used by several Park District programs and also is available for rental through the Park District administrative office. It offers a perfect setting for various group functions. Building capacity is limited to 50. For rental information, call (630) 848-5000 or visit our Facility Rentals page.
 

Site Information

Sportsman’s Park, a 27-acre property given to the City of Naperville in the Caroline Martin-Mitchell bequest, is a unique community amenity, including a trapshooting facility that is open two days per week and valuable green space for the public to enjoy just minutes from downtown Naperville.

Under a lease agreement with the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District maintains and operates Sportsman’s Park in collaboration with the Naperville Sportsman’s Club. For information about the Naperville Sportsman's Club visit their website at www.napervillesportsmansclub.org  In 2011, in cooperation with the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District enrolled Sportsman’s Park in a site remediation plan through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The goal of the remediation was to obtain a No Further Remediation (NFR) letter from the IEPA for the site, allowing seven acres of the park to be open for public use. This area had been closed due to regulations associated with a previous National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in effect since 1998. Phases I and II of the site remediation plan were completed in 2013 and 2014.

In addition to remediating the site, the Naperville Park District initiated major park improvements at Sportsman’s Park. This project was supported by a multi-year grant from the City of Naperville’s Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) program.

Sportsman’s Park improvements included ADA accessible walkways and shooting stations, energy efficient, low-spill sports lighting, ADA upgrades to the Sportsman’s Clubhouse, a new pervious pavement parking lot to filter stormwater on site, an asphalt driveway, approximately one mile of new trails, natural area restoration and landscaping.

Trail Hours
The Sportsman’s Park trail located inside the fenced area is closed on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons during trapshooting.  The trail and park are open from sunrise to one hour past sunset on all other days.
 

Park and Trail Rules
Click here to view the General Use Ordinance.

  • No motor vehicles on trails.
  • No alcohol on park district property.
  • All pets should be on a leash at all times.
  • Pick up all excrement from your pet.
  • Stay on the trails.
  • Do not pick, damage, or remove any plant material.

 

Sportsman’s Park FAQ’s

 

  • What is trapshooting?
    Trapshooting is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting (shooting shotguns at clay targets).  In trapshooting, the clay targets are launched from a single “house” or machine, generally away from the shooter.  Trapshooting has been a sport since the late 18th century and is practiced all over the world, even as an Olympic event since 1900.  American Trap has two independent governing bodies. The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) sanctions events throughout the United States and Canada, as well as the Pacific International Trapshooting Association (PITA) which sanctions events on the West Coast of North America.

 

  • Is trapshooting safe?
    Yes.  The trapshooting range at Sportsman’s Park operates under strict rules for gun safety.  The range is supervised by an on-site Range Officer and a Range Safety Officer to ensure that range rules are followed and safe gun handling techniques are used.  The Sportsman’s Park range is fenced to separate the range from other areas of the park that the public may safely use during trapshooting hours.

 

  • How long has the trapshooting range been located near downtown Naperville?
    Since 1948 Sportsman's Park has been used for a variety of shooting sports activities, including programs conducted by the Naperville Sportsman's Club.Since 1988, the Naperville Park District has managed Sportsman’s Park under a 99-year lease from the City of Naperville.Trapshooting at the facility became a Park District program in 1988 offered through the assistance of the Naperville Sportsman’s Club.Participation in the trapshooting program and use of the facility is open to the public and does not require a membership.Trapshooting hours are limited to Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 6:00 p.m.  The Sportsman's Park Community Clubhouse is used by several Park District programs and is available for rental through the Park District.  The park also includes trails that are available for public use.

 

  • What are the hours that trapshooting occurs?
    Trapshooting hours are limited to Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 6:00 p.m.

 

  • What does it cost to shoot at the facility?
    Fees for shooting are $10.75 for Naperville Sportsman’s Club members, $12.00 for residents, and $13.25 for non-residents. The fee includes 25 targets and shotgun shells. Additional fees are posted on-site for Doubles and Target Only rounds.  Sportsman's Park is a steel-shot-only range, and only biodegradable targets supplied by the Naperville Park District may be used.   

 

  • Do I need to be a member of the Naperville Sportsman’s Club to shoot trap at Sportsman’s Park?
    No, participation in the trapshooting program and use of the facility is open to the public and does not require a membership.

 

  • Is there a minimum age requirement for shooting?
    No, minors accompanied by adults are welcome.

 

  • Do I need my own shotgun to participate?
    Yes, shooters must provide their own shotgun and possess a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card.  For information on exceptions to the FOID card requirement please see the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act – Public Safety (430 ILCS 65/) at the following link:  http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1657&ChapterID=39

 

  • Are there restrictions on what kind of shotgun and ammunition I can bring?
    Yes, only 12 gauge shotguns and smaller may be used at Sportsman’s Park.  All ammunition must be target-load equivalent shells with a maximum shot size of #6, and maximum load of 1-1/8oz. of shot.  Sportsman’s Park is a steel shotshell range only!  Use of, or possession of, lead shotshells on the range is unlawful per Naperville Park District Conduct Ordinance #641.    

 

  • Can any firearm other than a shotgun for shooting trap (such as a pistol or semi-automatic rifle) be fired at Sportsman’s?
    No, Sportsman’s Park is a trapshooting range only.  Only 12 gauge shotguns and smaller with steel target-load equivalent shells are permitted.

 

  • Is steel shotshell ammunition sold at the facility?
    Yes, 12 gauge and 20 gauge steel shotgun shells are sold at the facility.  A Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card is required to purchase ammunition and shoot at the range.  Ammunition that is not purchased at the facility will be inspected by the Range Officer.  All ammunition must be target-load equivalent shells with a maximum shot size of #6, and maximum load of 1-1/8oz. of shot.  Sportsman’s Park is a steel shotshell range only!  Use of, or possession of, lead shotshells on the range is unlawful per Naperville Park District Conduct Ordinance #641.  For information on exceptions to the FOID card requirement please see the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act – Public Safety (430 ILCS 65/) at the following link:  http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1657&ChapterID=39

 

  • What safety equipment is required to shoot?
    Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all shooters. 

 

  • Does the Park District offer classes for beginners to learn the sport?
    Yes, the Naperville Park District, in partnership with the Naperville Sportsman’s Club, offers several Trapshooting Fundamentals classes each year.  Program participants learn trapshooting range etiquette and proper gun handling techniques from Naperville Sportsman’s Club instructors.  Participants also have the opportunity to shoot a round of trap under the supervision of an instructor.  Program registration information can be found in the Naperville Park District Program Guide or online at www.napervilleparks.org.

 

  • Is the Naperville Park District affiliated with the NRA or ATA?
    No, the Naperville Park District is not a member or affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA) or Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA).  ATA events are held periodically at Sportsman’s Park through the Naperville Sportsman’s Club.  For more information on ATA events please contact the Naperville Sportsman’s Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  • Can I make special arrangements to bring a group of people?
    Groups interested in visiting Sportsman’s Park may contact the Naperville Sportsman’s Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Please provide all of the details regarding your request, including the date, time and size of your group.  A member of the Naperville Park District or Naperville Sportsman’s Club will contact you to determine if we are able to accommodate your group outing.
 

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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.

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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.

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