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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Can-do spirit is what we need

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The Jaycees Last Fling, a signature four-day family festival, returns on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-6, complete with the Labor Day Parade. Both events were missed in 2020.

At 2PM Mon., Sept 6, Labor Day 2021, a very brief “rededication” of the Naperville Riverwalk is planned along the original path, between Main Street and Webster Street. Folks who gather will sing “Happy Birthday, dear Riverwalk!” as they kick off a “Cake and Ice Cream” celebration coordinated by the Downtown Naperville Alliance among several downtown Naperville treat shops.

“As part of our mission to educate, we thought we’d kick off this 40th year by taking a few moments on Labor Day to recognize the generous contributors who stepped up to develop the Naperville Riverwalk in the first place—local business leaders, resident volunteers, Riverwalk Commissioners, private donors, City and Naperville Park District staff,” said John Cuff, President of the Riverwalk Foundation.

Cuff continued, “This past year, our foundation has been identifying major donor plaques, most of which will be spruced up during this milestone 40th year. We thought Labor Day would be a good time to express gratitude for the linear park that has provided so much joy to our city for 40 years, right in the heart of our downtown.”

Leading up to the Riverwalk Rededication, 40 days of fun factoids are being published on social media, at least once a day through Sept. 6. Riverwalk reflections with photos, in no particular order, aim to help tell the story of the linear park that attracts visitors every day to downtown Naperville, just steps from shopping, banking and dining.

Perhaps great minds with can-do spirit can create a cooperative plan for the City’s bicentennial in 2031.

What we also need in Naperville
is a safe return to open…

Open Minds!
Open Hearts!
Open Everything!

Follow local protocols, wash hands, but don’t wash away commonsense.

For everything about downtown Naperville, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

For a listing of local eateries and treat shops, visit www.dinenaperville.com.

To create a “staycation” at a local hotel, check out www.visitnaperville.com.

Venture throughout town to learn about Naperville’s rich history. Find stories about the city’s early beginnings, rapid growth and more recent plans for development at Naper Settlement as well as along the Riverwalk and at 51 Century Walk locations.

Our past gives richness to our present.

Thanks for taking note of this city’s can-do spirit every day.

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