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Pre-Season Plunge Returns to Centennial Beach


Take a polar-like plunge for fun

Fresh water has begun to pour into Centennial Beach, as Naperville Park District staff prepares the Beach for the 2012 season

Spring weather in the Chicago area is famous for being unpredictable, with temperatures sometimes rising or falling more than 30 degrees from one day to the next. On Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. sharp, the public is invited to take the plunge into the chilly water at Centennial Beach, whatever the air and water temperatures happen to be that day.

At the sound of the lifeguards’ first whistle of the season, guests may take a quick dip in the shallow end of the Beach or just watch those who are more daring. Following the plunge, Centennial Beach lifeguards will demonstrate their skills, including safety drills and behind-the-scenes training routines. The festivities will include complimentary beverages and snacks and a chance to win a 2012 Beach membership, among other prizes.

In 2010 over 100 participants, including Park District Executive Director Ray McGury, braved the cold water, with many more cheering them on.

“It’s an experience you won’t soon forget, and a reminder of just how much you appreciate warmer water,” said McGury. “We invite you to help kick off the 2012 Centennial Beach season with us at this unique event.”

The regular Centennial Beach season will begin on Saturday, May 26 with the final day of operations for the season on Monday, September 3.

Centennial Beach underwent extensive improvements in 2010-2011, including renovations to the Bathhouse, an expanded entry plaza, an ADA lift, and Centennial Grill.

Centennial Beach is located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue in Naperville.

For more information about Centennial Beach, visit www.centennialbeach.org.

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Naperville Park District
Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.