Paddleboat Quarry Opening Kicks Off the Summer Season May 11

Monday, May 6, 2024

On Saturday, May 11, the Paddleboat Quarry, located at 441 Aurora Ave, near downtown Naperville, opens to the public and signals the beginning of the 2024 summer season. The quarry will be open on weekends only from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. until Memorial Day, when daily hours for the Naperville Park District's water recreation facilities, including Centennial Beach and its two splash pads, begin. The Paddleboat Quarry is located on the Riverwalk adjacent to Rotary Hill. Visitors can rent paddleboats, kayaks, and paddleboards. Centennial Beach is the community's unique and historic swimming facility, located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue, featuring a sandy beach, bag toss area, shallow-end slide, diving complex and more. The District's two splash pads are located at Wolf's Crossing Community Park, 3252 Wolf's Crossing Road, and the 95th Street Community Plaza at Frontier Sports Complex, at 3109 Cedar Glade Drive.

The Paddleboat Quarry offers paddleboats, paddleboards, and kayaks for rentals, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis for 20-minute or 40-minute rides. Paddleboats can accommodate up to four people and kayaks include one-person or two-person rentals. Paddleboards are available for patrons 13 years of age or older. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign a waiver. Fee information can be found here.

Centennial Beach has a full lineup of aquatic programs scheduled for the summer, including youth and adult swim lessons, diving lessons, Beachside Yoga, Paddleboard Yoga, and Mudrats Swim Team. Special Needs Nights, tailored for families with individuals who have special needs, are scheduled for June 16, June 30, and July 14 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It's a great opportunity to enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening at Centennial Beach after regular operating hours. Beach memberships for the 2024 season are available for purchase at; memberships are available at a discounted price until May 27. Benefits of membership include early entry on weekdays, coupons for Park District amenities, 10% discount at the Centennial Grill and two guest passes.

Splash pads are free to use, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Facilities are open daily from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor day.