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Centennial Beach Preparing for 2019 Season

Both the shallow and deep ends of Centennial Beach have been emptied and cleaned this week, revealing the quarry’s depth and its natural stone walls. Soon staff will begin filling this unique, historical swimming facility with fresh water, as one of many preparations for the May 25 opening.

Located in downtown Naperville, Centennial Beach features a sandy beach, zero depth entry, water features and a slide at the shallow end and piers, diving boards and deep water swimming at the deep end.

Centennial Beach memberships are now on sale at preseason rates through May 24, with a variety of memberships from which to choose, including adult, youth, senior and family.  Twilight memberships are valid only on weekday evenings and on weekends and a Plus Friends option allows an individual or family to bring two guests on any given day. Plus Friends memberships are available for purchase only through May 24. Memberships may be purchased online at or at a Naperville Park District facility.

Benefits of Beach membership include early entry on weekdays at 11:00 a.m., a 10% discount at Centennial Grill, coupons for Park District amenities, and two guest passes.

New for 2019, the Mudrats Swim Team is adding a water polo team, open to both male and female athletes ages 8-14. The goal of the program is to enhance and complement each athlete’s swimming experience with the skills learned in water polo, a popular and growing team sport. Also new in 2019 is a Junior Lifeguard training program, which will offer youth ages 10-14 training in first aid, CPR, water rescue, teamwork and leadership. Online registration is available for both of these new programs at

Continuing a valued tradition, Centennial Beach will host four Special Needs Nights on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on June 16 and 30 and on July 14 and 28. These evenings provide a quiet, relaxing atmosphere for families with special needs; no registration is required.

In addition to both youth and adult swim lessons, summer programs at Centennial Beach include Beachside Yoga and Paddle Board Yoga.

For the third year, Tuk Tuk will be available for paid rides from Centennial Beach, with pick up location on Jackson Ave.


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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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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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