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Park District Sledding and Skating Locations and Reminder of Weather Cancellation Procedures

Naperville Park District offers opportunities to enjoy winter sports at a number of locations throughout the community.  Although an early snow storm this fall allowed some sled hills to open briefly in November, the Naperville Park District must wait for consistent cold and enough snow cover to open its outdoor skating areas and sled hills for the winter sports season.

Sled hills will open when the ground is frozen with no grass visible and two or more inches of snow. Rotary Hill (located at 443 Aurora Ave.) is a popular destination with lighting, allowing it to remain open until 9:00 p.m. on weeknights and until 10:00 p.m. on weekends.  The following hills are located in neighborhood parks and close at dusk:

  • Arrowhead Park, 711 Iroquois Avenue
  • Brook Crossings, 1015 95th Street
  • Country Lakes Park, 1835 North Aurora Road
  • Gartner Park, 524 W Gartner Road
  • May Watts Park, 804 S. Whispering Hills Drive

Skating areas typically open on or after December 15; however, they can open only after a period of extreme cold. A minimum of 72 hours of constant temperatures of 15° or below is necessary before the ice-making process may begin. Weather and conditions permitting, the skating season continues through February 15.

The Park District maintains winter skating rinks at five locations. The following ice rinks will be lighted and open until 10:00 p.m.  Lighting for the rinks is operated through a push-button system located on the light poles at each rink.

  • Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Ave.
  • Nike Sports Complex, 288 W. Diehl Rd.
  • Commissioners Park, 3704 111th St.

The fourth and fifth rinks, located at Gartner Park at 524 Gartner Road and at Meadow Glens, located at 1303 Muirhead Ave., are not lighted and close at dusk. The status of whether an ice rink is open or closed for skating can be found at:

Hockey and broomball play is allowed only at the two boarded rinks at Centennial Park.  A third rink at Centennial Park is for free skating only. No pucks or sticks are allowed on free-skating areas. 

Winter weather cancellation procedures.  Naperville Park District may cancel programs and close facilities based on snow, ice or extreme cold.  If either Naperville Community Unit School District 203 or Indian Prairie School District 204 is closed due to winter weather, all Naperville Park District programs scheduled prior to 3:00 p.m. will be cancelled. The cancellation includes all scheduled classes, drop-in programs, Fort Hill Activity Center childcare, and group fitness classes. Program cancellations due to winter weather will be posted at: For programs occurring after 3:00 p.m. please check the website after 2:00 p.m. for updated information.

If either School District 203 or 204 implements a late start due to winter weather, Naperville Park District Preschool classes will be cancelled for the day. The cancellation of any additional programs will be dependent upon weather conditions and facility accessibility.

The closure of Park District facilities will be dependent upon weather conditions and facility accessibility. The Park District will monitor weather conditions and facility accessibility to determine if Park District facilities will remain open. Facility closures due to winter weather will be posted at:


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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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