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.
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.
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.
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.
Fees for shooting are $17 for club members, $18.50 for residents, and $19.75 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.
No, participation in the trapshooting program and use of the facility is open to the public and does not require a membership.
No, minors accompanied by adults are welcome.
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
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.
No, Sportsman’s Park is a trapshooting range only. Only 12 gauge shotguns and smaller with steel target-load equivalent shells are permitted.
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
Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all shooters.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups interested in visiting Sportsman’s Park may contact the Naperville Sportsman’s Club at email@example.com. 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.
These sites are being selected because they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Areas within parks that are difficult to maintain due to the seasonal presence of stormwater. These are areas that stay wet long enough to hinder maintenance and/or the growth of turf grass. Examples are detention basins, swales and ditches.
- Locations where native plants would offer an ecological benefit of absorbing and filtering stormwater before it enters the citywide storm sewer system. These include areas adjacent to waterways and ponds, detention basins, and areas around inlets and swales that are tied into the sewer system.
- Areas with environmental conditions that make them unable to grow turf grass.
Converting turf to meadow brings environmental benefits for local rivers and streams, wildlife and soil. Native plants are better adapted to the local climate and have deeper, more extensive root systems than turf grass. Because of their extensive roots, native species absorb and filter stormwater, removing pollutants before the water enters the rivers and streams. These visually attractive plant communities also offer a variety of species that provide food and habitat for wildlife such as birds and butterflies. Additionally, long-term maintenance of a meadow with native plants will save both labor and material costs, requiring only occasional mowing and controlled burning, less watering and no fertilizing. Environmental benefits of less frequent mowing include energy savings and reduced pollution from gasoline.
The project will begin with clearing of existing turf and invasive plants in the area.Once seedlings sprout, low plants and grasses will lightly cover the area during the first growing season. The native plants gradually will fill in during the second and third years, with blooming flowers and a variety of grasses. See the “after” photo for an example.
The areas of the park that remain landscaped with turf can continue to be used for a variety of active and passive recreation. Park meadow areas can be used for passive recreation, for example, children enjoy exploring natural areas and can watch insects and butterflies pollinate the flowers and learn how the plants change through the seasons. Children who do not participate in sports and those with special needs may especially appreciate interacting with nature in the park.
This project promotes natural resource management, which is part of environmental stewardship, one of the Park District’s Core Values. The project also addresses one of the goals of the District’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, to “develop a long-term land management plan that is aligned with changing design and maintenance practices.” Additionally, the District’s Master Plan mentions converting turf to natural prairie on page 23 under Environmental Stewardship. Considering that natural areas with native plants help protect a healthy environment, this project advances the District’s mission to promote a healthy community.
During the Garden Plots Site Master Plan process the Park District received requests for these type of plots.
- It’s a form of gardening where once the garden area is established, the surface is not disturbed.
- This method does not require tilling or digging; amendments are added directly on top of the soil.
- What are the benefits of no-till?
- Refraining from tilling the soil avoids disrupting the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil, thereby strengthening the soil’s microbial community. A strong microbial community processes and retains nutrients, sequesters and holds carbon, and absorbs and holds water.
- We are considering placing the no-till plots in the southern portion of the first garden plots section in order to provide gardener access year-round. In addition to providing the no-till gardening option, the no-till plots area will also provide gardeners who wish to access the plots early in the spring or remain late into the fall season with the opportunity to do so.
- The number of no-till plots will be determined after a survey is conducted in late 2022 to determine how many garden plot renters are interested in this option, which in turn will determine the size of the area needed. Once the area needed is known the park district will evaluate the number of existing gardeners in the identified no-till area that may be impacted by the change in order to provide alternate plot locations.
- We are striving to offer no-till plots in 2024; doing so requires completing a number of administrative steps prior to making this option available.
- How long will the no-till season last?
- The no-till plots will be accessible year-round, however:
- Several services will not be available year-round such as access to water, restrooms, landscape waste dumpsters, garbage and recycling cans.
- Additionally, the plots may be inaccessible due to inclement weather.
- No, the Naperville Park District does not plan to start testing the soil, since testing in one or two areas will not be representative of soil as a whole.
- Gardeners are more than welcome to the test their plot’s soil to help them determine the type of amendments needed.
- Soil testing kits may be purchased at local hardware stores, nurseries and online.
- No, we do not have the necessary machinery, staff, or time to be able to do so.
- In addition, by not adding amendments throughout the garden plots gardeners are able to select and manage the types of amendments they want added to their plot, some of which can be selected based on the soil and types of plantings in the plot.
- We also encourage gardeners to leave all plant material in their plots at the end of the season so that the organic material goes back into the soil and helps replenish it.
- Yes, we will supply manure and leaf mulch each year based on availability.
- However, due to supply limitations, we may not be able to replenish amendments during any given gardening season.
- You are welcome to bring in your own amendments for your garden plot. The type of amendments you use may be determined by what you are growing.
- Please note that recent research has shown that too much leaf mulch may not be good for your garden as it can block air and water. For more information on soil amendments visit: https://extension.umd.edu/resource/organic-matter-and-soil-amendments
- Per the new water surface analysis conducted by Upland Design, Ltd., adequate access to water is currently found throughout the plots with the exception of one area. See study here, page 8.
- Given this information, an additional water station with two spigots is recommended to be added in the vicinity of plot 3L, as part of the Site Master Plan.
- In locations where some gardeners may have hose permits, each gardener will be required to use a hose splitter (in 2023) so they do not completely tie up one side of the water station with their hose.
- The plan also proposes to add seating and shading to some of the water station locations, specifically in locations where the shade structure will not shade the surrounding plots.
- In addition to the no-till area providing the opportunity for no-till gardening, the no-till plots area will also provide gardeners who wish to access the plots early in the spring or remain late into the fall season with the opportunity to do so.
- A few years ago the park district changed the opening date to May for the regular garden plots due to the changes in the spring weather over the past several years. Cold, rainy, and even snowy weather has made access to prepare the plots challenging.
- A lot of work goes into getting the plots ready to open. This prep work is completely dependent on the weather, precipitation and soil conditions. Prep work includes the following steps:
- Manure and leaf mulch is collected and added to the amendment locations.
- A local farmer disks the entire garden plot area at the beginning of each season (and plows it at the end).
- After the farmer disks the soil, Parks staff go back and rototill the entire area so the soil is more finely pulverized.
- Raised beds are tilled by hand and the ground around the beds is checked to make sure it is flat and accessible.
- Parks staff lays out a grid for all the plots in each section.
- Each plot is measured off with four flags that are placed at each corner with a white identification stake in the middle.
- Water is turned back on, repairs made, if needed, by our Trades division and all spigots require the attachment of a short hose length.
- Additional gravel is added to water station areas as needed, and road maintenance is performed.
- Garbage and recycling containers are placed throughout the plot sections by Parks staff.
- Port-o-lets and landscape dumpsters are dropped off/placed by contractors.
- The donation station is intended as a place for Garden Plots gardeners to donate extra produce to local food pantry Loaves and Fishes.
- Master Gardeners take this extra produce to Loaves and Fishes on a regular basis.
- We plan to retain this donation spot, but may rotate it to face the plots, or possibly move it away from the east side parking lot.
- Over time, the park district has worked to improve drainage at the garden plots through the addition of soil, installation of culverts, as well as other grading projects.
- Unlike ball fields, which are graded to encourage water to flow off of a field, the garden plots area is a very flat surface, which makes for easy plowing, tilling and gardening.
- As part of the Site Master Plan, the park district will continue to evaluate storm water drainage within the plots and when possible, will make improvements including the approach of piping ponding water away from problem areas. When improvements are made the park district will attempt to limit the impacts to existing plots.
- Initially, we will adjust the location of existing yard waste dumpsters to increase parking spots.
- Parking lot maintenance, such as filling pot holes preseason and throughout the year, will occur as needed.
- As part of the Site Master Plan, enhancements to existing parking lots and access drives is proposed.
- The Park District confirmed that the use of permeable pavers for the proposed ADA accessible and parking lot improvements can be performed without the need to add stormwater detention at the Garden Plots and impact site amenities.
- Some additional signage will be created to define parking and non-parking areas.
These trees will be relocated to Naperville Park District parks.
Yes, we will add more garbage/waste disposal cans for cleanup at the end of the season.
However, please note: We encourage you to leave all plant material in your plot at the end of the season. After the gleaning, this vegetation will be mowed down and then tilled, which helps to replenish the soil.
The only items that need to be removed at the end of the season are gardening tools, fencing, tomato cages, landscaping cloth, etc.
- Yes, a third ADA port-o-let was already added for the 2022 season.
- A fourth ADA port-o-let will be added for the 2023 season.
Yes, our parks staff started this process in 2022.
Yes, the Site Master Plan proposes the addition of several more raised beds.
- Yes, each year in April we offer a Basic Gardening Workshop and an Organic Gardening Workshop.
- These programs are held at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center and are free, but registration is required.
- Video recordings of both of these workshops can be found here - https://www.napervilleparks.org/gardenplots - under the Gardening Resources section.
- Yes, in recent years the information below has been added to the website:Video recordings of our two gardening workshops – Basic and Organic.
- Vegetable family characteristics
- Vegetable planting times and hardiness
- Local soil temperatures
- Ideal Seed Germination temperatures
- National Weather Service climate data
- Additional information/links will be provided in the Gardening Resources section - https://www.napervilleparks.org/gardenplots
- Plus, there is a wealth of information online in general to help you garden.
Additional pollinator gardens are proposed within the Site Master Plan that draw in pollinators that will benefit your plants as well.
Yes, honeybees have been added this summer to the hives located at the west-end of the organic gardening section.
Gymnastics, Fort, & Sports, Lego, Painting and Dance Parties are 1.5 hours long, Chef & Princess Tea, Pottery and Nature Parties are 2 hours long. Nature Birthday Parties include 30-minutes, at the end, for the birthday child's adult host to supervise serving the cupcakes, opening presents, etc.
The parties are scheduled according to space availability and staff, so no additional time can be added to the party.
You can arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the party. The party host(s) will be there to assist you; in the case of nature birthday parties, set up must be done by the birthday child's parent/adult. We ask that the party area is packed up within 10 minutes of the party’s completion.
If you let us know in advance what games you would like to play, we can usually accommodate you. If it is a game that requires ‘props’ (i.e., foam noodles) that we do not normally provide and you can supply them for use at the party, we will do our best to incorporate that activity. Nature birthday parties have a specific theme and planned activities for the 90-minute party. Other activities can be conducted by the birthday child's adult host during the 30 minute period at the end; supplies must be provided by the host.
The party area can be decorated, but no decorations can hang from the ceiling. Glue, tacks and tape are not permitted on the walls or windows. You can provide balloons that can be tied to a chair or table, or tabletop decorations. Balloons are not allowed during nature birthday parties. If you would like to purchase specific theme-related tablecloths, our tables are 6’ in length.
We provide you with a delicious birthday cake from DeEtta’s Bakery. Cake options are cupcakes, a large donut cake, or a chocolate chip cookie cake. Nature birthday parties offer cupcakes only.
We will provide you with white plates, cups, napkins and utensils. If you would like themed plates, cups, and napkins, you are welcome to provide those.
The only type of piñata we can allow is the “pull string” piñata. For safety reasons, we will not allow piñatas that require swinging an item to break it open.
You may provide additional small snacks, drinks, or dessert, but no outside catering is permitted. Aurelio's Pizza can be ordered through the party coordinator for an additional cost (not available for Pottery or Nature Parties). The nature center has a refrigerator to store cold items. Other locations do not have a refrigerator to store cold items. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay. In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents of guests are welcome to wait in the common areas of the Fort Hill Activity Center, the lounge on the second floor at the 95th St. Center, or in the nature center exhibit area and/or outside in the park.
The signed contract and party payment are due within seven (7) days of placing the hold. Parties cancelled up to two weeks prior to the party date will receive a 50% refund, or be rescheduled for a fee of $25. Anything less than two weeks’ notice is non-refundable.
- If your group size is 25 or more
- If alcohol will be present
- If you are using District provided fire rings, fire pits or grills or bringing your own.
- Rental permit must be completed and signed by applicant.
- Deposit and full rental fees are due at time of application.
- Permit will be issued to applicant; permit approval is contingent upon receipt of all necessary insurance/additional permits. Additional insurance may be required; Event Helper Event Coverage is available to renters through theeventhelper.com/partner/pdrma
- Renter must complete Alcohol Use Permit Application in addition to Rental Permit Application.
- Deposit will be increased to $300.
- Renter must have host liquor liability insurance, either provided by renter or obtained through PDRMA.
- If an NPD Preferred Caterer is being used (link to preferred caterer page) the renter will not be required to obtain insurance.
- Approved security must be present when alcohol is being served; use of Preferred Caterer will require the same security. One officer is required for every 70 people; Park Police fees are $45/hr/officer. If renter is providing own security, name(s) and contact information must be provided for approval.
- It is the renter’s responsibility to contact the Park District at least 21 days prior to their event if alcohol is added. Permission to add alcohol at a later date is not guaranteed and is dependent on availability of security.
- Serving of alcohol must stop one hour prior to end of rental time.
- Alcohol may only be served under a shelter.
Renters are welcome to use their own caterers or any of the NPD Preferred Caterers. Non preferred caterers/vendors cooking or serving food on site are required to submit a vendor permit and a current county health certificate
Any tents larger than 10’ X 10’ require a Tent Permit from the City of Naperville; copy to Naperville Park District. (naperville.il.us Building/Development). Placement of tent is subject to JULIE.
A certificate of insurance naming the Park District as additionally insured must be supplied to the District for inflatables or any contracted equipment, vendor or apparatus.
- You must notify the park district if you are bringing your own grill and it is required that a Burn Permit be obtained from the City of Naperville fire department; copy to be provided to Park District.
- Use of grills may be restricted due to weather conditions.
- You must notify the Park District if you intend to use District fire pits or bring your own and it is required that a Burn Permit be obtained from the City of Naperville fire department; copy to be provided to Park District.
- Renter must bring their own fire wood.
- Use of fire pits may be restricted due to weather conditions.
Deposits will be returned to applicants and credited to the original payment method the week following the event unless damages have been incurred during the rental time. Renters will be notified of the nature and amount of the damages.
Cancellations requested 21 days or more prior to the event will receive a refund of fees paid less a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations requested less than 21 days prior to the event will receive a refund of fees paid less the deposit up to a maximum of $100. The Naperville Park District is not responsible for weather conditions and no refunds will be issued due to weather unless the Park District closes all facilities. If an event is rained out, the renter has 72 hours to reschedule if possible. Fees for insurance policies are non refundable.
New requests for special events, including existing events that are requesting a new date(s) or location, may submit a Special Event Application (blue button above) at any time by completing the application form. The Naperville Park District will evaluate requests for new special events beginning in January for that calendar year. The review of applications may occur earlier for events proposed to take place during the months of January through May, or for events that require considerable planning, and/or are subject to the City of Naperville Special Event permit process. Event organizers for approved events will be contacted by the Park District.
No Special Event Applications for the current calendar year will be accepted after February 1st for events with estimated attendance of 250+.
Possibly. Rentals are considered a special event and must use the Special Event Application if any of the following conditions are met:
- 250+ people are anticipated to attend
- The event is a fundraiser
- The event is a film production
- Multiple locations are requested
- Multiple dates are requested
- The event takes place at Central Park and includes use of the Municipal Concert Center
- The scope of the event is determined by the park district to have a greater impact on the park/facility than a typical rental
If none of the above conditions are met, renters can submit a Park Rental Application that can be found on the District’s website.
Cancellations requested 21 days or more prior to the event will receive a refund of fees paid less any unrecoverable costs incurred by the Park District. Cancellations requested less than 21 days prior to the event will receive a refund of fees paid less the deposit plus any unrecoverable costs incurred by the Park District.
The Naperville Park District is not responsible for weather conditions and no refunds will be issued due to weather. If an event is cancelled due to inclement weather, the Event Organizer may call within 72 hours to reschedule, if rescheduling is deemed possible.
The District will return deposits within 30 days after the event, or upon payment of any post-event invoices. Full refunds will be issued if no damage beyond reasonable wear and tear has occurred, and all invoices have been paid in full. Deposits are unable to be rolled over to use for future events.
Yes. Event Organizers shall secure and maintain throughout the period of use, general liability and property damage, to include Products/Completed Operations insurance, with policy limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. The Naperville Park District shall be named as additional insured by endorsement. The types and limits of insurance may be changed from time to time as determined by the Naperville Park District. If applicable, business auto liability and, if necessary, commercial umbrella liability insurance with a limit of not less than $1,000,000 each accident. Such insurance shall cover liability arising out of any auto including owned, hired and non-owned autos. If applicable, Event Organizer shall maintain workers compensation and employers liability insurance. The commercial umbrella and/or employers liability limits shall not be less than $1,000,000 each accident for bodily injury by accident or $1,000,000 each employee for bodily injury by disease.
Yes, with an approved Commercial Use License. If food or beverage is sold as part of the event, the Event Organizer or Vendors must submit a Park District Commercial Use License Application and obtain a County Health Department Permit from the County where food and beverage sales will occur. A Commercial Use License Application and a copy of the Health Department Permit must be submitted to the District a minimum of 21 days prior to the event.
Yes, with an approved Alcohol Permit. The Event Organizer must provide proof of Liquor Liability insurance and a copy of the Event Organizer’s Liquor License. The insurance shall apply as primary insurance with respect to any other insurance or self-insurance afforded to the Park District. Security provided by or approved by Park District Police is required at any time that alcoholic beverages are being served or consumed. Any person consuming or in the possession of alcohol must have a valid picture ID with them. The serving of alcohol must cease one hour prior to the end of the rental or event.
The dates and times needed to complete event setup and takedown must be included on the Special Event Application, and approved as part of the permit issued to the Event Organizer. Event set up and takedown, including but not limited to delivery and pickup of dumpsters, tents, port-o-lets, use of equipment, etc., shall not occur between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. without prior written approval from the Park District.
Motor vehicles/equipment may only be operated on roadways and in parking areas. Vehicles/equipment are not allowed on grass areas or park interiors. An approved permit does not exempt the Event Organizer from this policy. Any exception to this policy must be approved in writing by the Park District in advance.
The Event Organizer is responsible for securing additional receptacles if park containers will not accommodate the needs of the event. Bagged trash (additional bags available in bottom of trash cans) may be placed next to the can and will be removed by District staff. Dumpsters are required for some events with 250 or more participants or if the event generates a large amount of trash. The size and location for placement of the dumpster must be approved by the Park District prior to delivery. Excessive clean-up costs may be charged at the discretion of the Naperville Park District.
The Event Organizer is responsible for securing the appropriate number of portable toilets (1 per 250 attendees) if needed for the event. Portable toilets should be delivered at the latest date and time possible prior to the event, and removed no more than 24 hours after the event. Portable toilet locations must be approved by Park District prior to delivery. Deposits will not be returned until all portable toilets have been removed. Grand Pavilion rentals with less than 1,500 participants will not need to supply additional units due to permanent restrooms that are within close proximity to the pavilion.
Any tents larger than 10’ X 10’ require a Tent Permit from the City of Naperville. The Event Organizer is responsible for contacting J.U.L.I.E. at 811 to locate any utility lines prior to staking any tents or posts. Events must also supply the Park District with a detailed site map for tents or any other item that will need to be staked. All tent locations must be approved by the Park District prior to setup. The Event Organizer is responsible for any repairs to parking lots or asphalt surfaces resulting from tent placement in those locations.
Only Park District-approved paint that is safe for application on turf areas can be used to mark set up locations. Only grass areas may be painted. Neither paint nor chalk are permitted to be used on trees, walkways/trails, parking lots, park amenities or other structures or surfaces. Violation of this policy may result in damage fees being assessed and forfeiture of future event permits. (This policy does not apply to J.U.L.I.E. markings.)
Yes, amplification is allowed in parks between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Use of amplification outside of these hours requires an Amplification Permit which is obtained from the City of Naperville. Amplified sound may not be plainly audible at 200 feet of the originating property’s lot lines. Due to the proximity of some park locations to nearby homes, amplification may be limited further.
Yes, the Naperville Park District has a mobile stage that may be rented by groups. The stage is 28’ wide and 14’ deep. For more information on renting the stage, and to check availability, please contact the Park District at (630) 848-5000.
Pets on leashes are allowed in most District parks in accordance with Section 2.05 of Naperville Park District Ordinance 641. Animals within indoor facilities is limited to Service Animals only. The presence of any other animals must be approved in writing by Park District in advance.
Advertise your upcoming community activity on the digital Community Event Sign located at William Friedrich Memorial Park on Washington Street. The sign provides a place for Naperville-based not-for-profit organizations to promote community events whose primary purpose is not for private nor commercial gain. For additional information, or to apply for use of the sign, click here.
Only directional signs are permitted to be placed on the Naperville Riverwalk. No other signs may be placed prior to or during the event.
Naperville Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is a competitive soccer league for youth in grades 2-8 offered through the Naperville Park District.
The NPSL league is open to all youth teams with players in grades 2-8 that wish to participate in the league, including both recreational teams and club teams.
NPSL is a competitive soccer league. Scores and standings are kept and awards are given to first and second place finishers.
NYS is a recreational soccer program. Equal playing time is given to participants and positions are rotated among all players. Individuals register by day and location of practices. Practice is one hour per week, led by volunteer coaches, and games are played on Saturdays. NPSL is a competitive league in which scores and standings are kept. The winner of each division will be determined and awards are given. Registration is taken by team. Location and number of practices, along with playing time and positions, are determined by the coach. Games are played on Saturdays although teams may have an occasional weekday game.
Registration is available online, via phone or in person. Individual players do not need to register when a team is registered; individual registration will take place later.
Yes, your child may play in both the NYS and NPSL programs. However, staff will not be able to accommodate any scheduling conflicts between the leagues. If you registered your child for NYS but elect to play on a team within NPSL instead, please remember to call the Park District’s Community Relations Department at 630-848-5000 to withdraw your child from NYS.
Yes, there is no restriction on club team players, or the number of club team players playing in the NPSL.
The cost to participate depends on the options that teams select when registering. It also depends on the grade level of the players. Cost is determined on a per team basis; the individual fee will be determined by the option selected and the number of players on a team.
Grades 2-4 will play 7v7 and can have a maximum of 14 on the roster.
Grades 5-6 will play 9v9 and can have a maximum of 16 on the roster.
Grades 7-8 will play 11v11 and can have a maximum of 18 on the roster.
There are five registration options for teams:
- League play only
- League play with certified trainer 1x per week with parent coach
- League play with certified trainer 2x per week with parent coach
- League play with certified trainer/coach 1x per week and game
- League play with certified trainer/coach 2x per week and game
At the time of registration, it is necessary to provide only one name. Individual players will be added through waiver information provided to the coach from the NPSL coordinator.
If you are short players at the time of registration, you will still have time to recruit additional team members. Players can be added up until the Wednesday prior to the second game of the season. In addition, the NPSL coordinator may be able to provide coaches with contact information of players seeking teams.
Please contact the NPSL coordinator to see if there are any names on the interest list of individual players looking for teams.
Individuals that would like to play but do not have a team may sign up for individual registration. Please see program guide for further information.
NPSL has partnered with British Challenger Sports to provide the training. Challenger Sports was established in 1984 and has been involved in soccer in the US for over 25 years. Trainers are hired through a stringent recruitment process. All trainers hold UK coaching licenses and most hold honors degrees and teaching qualifications. All candidates are assessed on the field in a practical coaching setting and through a formal interview. They also undergo thorough background, reference and VISA checks as part of the selection process.
The NPSL coordinator assigns trainers to teams based on day, location and time that is chosen by the coach.
Priority is given to NPSL teams using trainers for training areas at Nike Sports Complex, Frontier Sports Complex, Meadow Glens Park and DuPage River Park. In the fall, only teams using NPSL trainers will be allowed to use the lighted areas of these parks. Teams that do not use a trainer through NPSL may rent lighted fields for an additional fee.
The number of team practices are determined by the coach. Most teams practice twice per week for one hour.
All games are played in Naperville. Specific field locations may change from season to season.
Training sessions start two weeks prior to the start of each season and games are played over eight weeks. Games are not played over the Memorial Day or Labor Day weekends.
Games are typically played on Saturdays. There is a possibility of an occasional weekday game, depending on the number of teams registered for a division.
We cannot accommodate any scheduling changes due to outside activities. Teams may switch times with another team in their group, but the coach must schedule these changes with prior approval from the coordinator.
Position rotation will be determined by the coach.
Playing time given to each player will be determined by the coach.
For spring, teams need to sign up by mid-February; registration begins during the winter season. For fall, teams need to be signed up by early July; registration begins during the summer season. After these times, it still may be possible to register a team. Please contact the NPSL coordinator for further information.
Players can be added to the roster up until the Wednesday prior to the second game of the season.
Player/Coach passes are similar to an ID. Passes are shown at the start of each game during the pre-game check in procedure.
Passes are valid for a period of two years, however, they must be updated EVERY season with a validation sticker provided by the Naperville Park District.
Passes are updated EVERY season through the waiver completion process. Waivers may be completed in person or online using the team-specific course code. NPSL coordinator will provide a course code to each coach for their team.
A waiver must be completed EVERY season.
DCFS and Code of Conduct forms are valid for one year (fall and spring). A Volunteer Agreement MUST be completed every season.
NPSL is open to all teams. Any non-resident player must pay an additional $20 fee. Please note that resident status is based on taxes that are paid to the Park District and not just if you have a Naperville address.
Choice of uniform and where to purchase them will be decided by the individual team. Teams may opt to wear reversible NYS jerseys, t-shirts from local hobby stores or full uniforms; all options are acceptable.
The facility is owned and operated by the Naperville Park District.
Similar to other Park District offerings, programs held at the Activity Center will be a mix of both free and fee based activities. Portions of the Activity Center, such as the fitness area, open gyms, childcare, indoor playground, and peak times for the walk/jog track require the purchase of a membership or payment of a daily use fee. Non-peak walk/jog track times and various events held at the Activity Center are free to residents.
Program and user fees are required in order to support the ongoing operational costs associated with the facility.
Yes, seniors age 60 years and older receive a discount on their membership and other Park District programs. Discounts also are available for youth and active military memberships.
Residents may use the track for free during scheduled non-peak times. View the indoor track schedule
Yes, nonresidents may use the Fort Hill Activity Center.
Yes, the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program provides financial assistance to resident families who are able to demonstrate need. Learn more about our Fee Assistance Program and how to apply.
No, only annual and monthly memberships are available for the fitness area. Day, week, monthly guest passes may also be purchased. In the summer of 2017, we will offer a 3-month summer membership.
Yes, many group exercise classes are included with the membership. Non-members also can participate in group exercise classes by purchasing a punch pass or an unlimited group exercise pass.
Yes, day passes are available for purchase at the main desk.
Yes, youth ages 12 to 14 may use the fitness area upon successful completion of the Teen Fitness University program. Learn more about the Teen Fitness University. Due to safety reasons, children ages 11 and under are not permitted in the fitness area.
Yes, childcare is available during designated times for up to two hours a day for children ages 3 months to 11 years old. Parents must remain inside the Fort Hill Activity Center at all times while their child is enrolled in childcare.
We anticipate that our peak hours will be Monday-Friday, 5:15-8:00 am and 4:30-8:00 p.m.
Program and user fees are required in order to support the ongoing operational costs associated with the facility. We offer competitive fitness membership rates and enrollment fees are charged to offset the cost of the initial set up, including ID card processing and staff costs associated with signing up members.
Memberships are available annually or as a payment plan option. When you become a member of the fitness center you can cancel your membership at anytime with a 10-day written notice. If your membership lapses for more than 60 days you may be required to pay a new enrollment fee.
No, we do not price match. Our fitness center offers competitive pricing and provides members with several benefits.
Fitness members may take a leave for a minimum of one month up to a maximum of four months. Medical leaves may be taken for a longer period but will require a written doctor's release upon returning. Members are allowed one leave of absence per 12 months. Please visit the Fort Hill main desk for more information and the leave of absence form.
No, non-usage is not a valid reason for a refund.
All new members are encouraged to participate in a free, 30-minute equipment orientation led by our personal trainers. We also encourage members to purchase personal training in order to develop a personalized fitness program to see the best results.
Yes, all personal trainers are nationally certified.
We recommend you wear clean shoes in the facility. During inclement weather we ask you bring a change of shoes to workout in. This helps keep the facility clean and safe for you and the other guests.
Full-time students will be eligible to purchase a Summer Membership to use the fitness area during the summer months and over winter break.
No, the Fort Hill Activity Center does not include a pool; however the Park District does operate Centennial Beach, an outdoor aquatics facility during the summer.
No, we do not offer racquetball or tennis at Fort Hill, although you will find many outdoor tennis courts operated by the Naperville Park District throughout Naperville. Pickleball, a tennis-like sport, is available at the Fort Hill Activity Center during designated times.
The basketball courts are available for drop-in play for fitness members if other programs or rentals are not scheduled at that particular time. Scheduled open gyms are available for fitness and non-fitness members on a weekly basis as advertised in our open gym hours.
No, all lockers located in the locker rooms and corridors have digital keypad locks.
No, lockers are available only on a first-come, first-served basis and all belongings must be removed before the facility closes each day. Items that remain at the close of business will be removed and placed in the lost and found.
If you use a towel during your workout or if you plan to shower at the Fort Hill Activity Center please bring a towel. Anti-bacterial wipes will be provided in the fitness area to wipe down equipment after use.
Yes, the multipurpose rooms and gymnasiums may be rented for parties and events. After-hours rentals of the Activity Center also are available. For more information please inquire with a staff member at the Fort Hill Activity Center main desk.
No, entry to Centennial Beach is handled on a first-come, first-served basis through either a Beach membership or the purchase of a daily admission. A Centennial Beach membership does not guarantee entry to the facility. If the Beach reaches capacity, members’ entry will be delayed until spots open within the facility.
The 2023 Centennial Beach schedule can be found here.
Decisions about opening and closing the facility will be at the sole discretion of the Park District staff. Please check our rainout line for current opening status: napervilleparks.org/cancellations-closures. No rain checks or refunds will be given for daily admissions due to weather, late park openings, or early park closures.
Information on Daily Admission Fees can be found here.
Yes, memberships are available for residents and nonresidents to purchase. Guests interested in purchasing a Centennial Beach membership can do so here. Memberships purchased through May 29 will receive the preseason discounted rate. Memberships purchased after May 29 will be charged the “Regular” rate. Members will be able to access the Beach at 11:00 am, Monday through Friday, 30 minutes prior to daily admission guests. Members will receive early entry on weekdays at 11:00 am, 10% discount at Centennial Grill, and coupons to redeem for other Park District amenities. (Coupons can be picked up at Centennial Beach starting on May 29.) A Centennial Beach Membership does not guarantee entry to the facility. If the Beach reaches capacity, members’ entry will be delayed until spots open within the facility.
A complete list of Beach rules can be found here.
Yes, Adult Float times will be available. A schedule of Adult Float times can be found here All Adult Float guests must have a Beach membership or pay the appropriate daily admission fee. Adult Float guests may remain in the facility for the day’s open swim.
Day camps and organization-based groups will be accommodated. Organizations can contact Centennial Beach at 630-848-5000 for more information. Groups, such as parties, family gatherings, etc. may attend Centennial Beach, but group rates will not be taken at this time.
Guests will enter the facility through the two gates located at the front of the Centennial Beach Bathhouse at 500 West Jackson Ave. on the west side of the Beach. All bags and coolers will be checked prior to entry.
Parking is available near the Centennial Beach Bathhouse, located at 500 West Jackson Ave. on the west side of the Beach.
The locker rooms and restrooms, including sinks, faucets, toilets, door handles, and showers, will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Lounge chairs, lounge areas, common areas, and frequently touched surfaces also will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
Guests may bring in their own food and drink, but alcohol and glass is prohibited. All coolers and bags will be checked prior to entry. The Park District will have trash cans available throughout the park for guests to use. All guests are expected to leave their area as they found it. Centennial Grill also will be open with food and beverage options available for purchase.
A limited number of chairs and picnic tables will be available. Guests are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs from home.
Centennial Beach is an historic quarry that holds an amazing 6.2 million gallons of water that starts with zero depth and goes as deep as 15 feet. It is classified as a “beach” through the Illinois Department of Health and not as a swimming pool. The water itself is chlorinated, re-circulated and hand-skimmed to remove debris, but it is not filtered like a typical swimming pool. Additionally, the water is not heated, so the temperature increases over the course of the summer, provided that the air temperatures are adequately warm.
The Deep Water Test is the most unique requirement we have. Patrons who have not yet graduated from the 8th grade are required to take a swim test prior to entering the deep end/diving board area. This is for the safety of all swimmers. The test consists of a swim of 100 total meters using the freestyle stroke and using side-to-side breathing. A complete Deep Water Test description and comprehensive facility rules information can be found here.
Centennial Beach’s water is chlorinated, re-circulated and hand-skimmed to remove debris, but it is not filtered like a typical swimming pool.
Yes – our staff tests the water 2-3 times daily to monitor chlorine levels and pH balance. We typically follow swimming pool regulations with regard to water quality standards. On a weekly basis, our water is sampled and tested by an independent laboratory to ensure that the water quality is being maintained.
Our safety breaks are a great opportunity for swimmers to take a break from the water, rest and check-in with family members.
Kids can swim in the deep water regardless of age, provided they have passed the Deep Water Test.
We do not allow the use of floats, tubes or noodles at the Beach. You may bring in small water toys and soft/squishy balls. Only Coast Guard approved floatation devices are permitted. There are a limited number of life jackets available at the Beach.
For the safety of all of our swimmers, and per the Illinois Department of Health, children who are not toilet-trained must wear swim diapers while in the water.
Per the Illinois Department of Health, pets of any kind are not allowed in the facility. The exception to this restriction is service animals.