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Centennial Beach is open for the summer season through Labor Day


Above / Cool breezes on opening day, May 28, at Centennial Beach were just right for the staff and lifeguards to handle as they welcomed in the 2022 season. Attendants at the gate expect bigger crowds and a packed beach for the remainder of Memorial Day weekend when temperatures begin climbing on Sunday, followed by “highs in the 90s by Monday.” (PN Photo, May 28, 2022)

Located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue in downtown Naperville, Centennial Beach offers a sandy beach, zero-depth entry with water play features, a slide, deep-water and lap-swim areas and plenty of space for relaxing and picnicking.

Hours for Sun., May 29, and Memorial Day are 11AM to 6PM for open swim.

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Beginning May 31, weekdays are 11:30AM to 6PM through August 16 for open swim. Saturdays 11AM to 8PM and Sundays 11AM to 6PM are set for open swim. Adult Float is 9AM to 10:45AM on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Beach will be closed Aug. 17. Hours during August change. Stay tuned.

Daily admission for Naperville residents is $9 for adults, $7 for youth, and $4 after 5PM. For nonresidents, it’s $14 for adults and $12 for youth, and $6 after 5PM.

For everybody’s safety, follow directions of the lifeguards. (PN Photo, May 28, 2022)

During the month of May, Park District staff prepared the Beach for opening day on May 28. When weather permitted, lifeguard training moved from indoor facilities to the Beach and staff begin setting up piers, Adirondack chairs, umbrellas and equipment. 

Swim lanes welcome lap swimmers. (PN Photo, May 28, 2022)

Centennial Beach has a full schedule of aquatic programs planned, including swim lessons, aquatic fitness classes, Beach Yoga, Paddleboard Yoga, Mudrats Swim Team and Water Polo Team, water polo instruction and springboard diving instruction.

On opening day, the old quarry attracted only a few swimmers to its clear waters. (PN Photo, May 28, 2022)

Special Needs Nights return June 12 & 26, July 17 & 24

Special Needs Nights are returning Sunday evenings June 12 and 26 and July 17 and 24, giving families with individuals who have special needs a time to enjoy a relaxing visit after regular operating hours.

Centennial Beach features free parking. (PN Photo, May 28, 2022)

Purchase Centennial Beach 2022 Memberships online now

Centennial Beach memberships are available now to purchase online at www.centennialbeach.org. Member benefits include early entry on weekdays, coupons for Park District amenities, a 10% discount at Centennial Grill and two guest passes.

Centennial Beach is located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue in downtown Naperville. Opening day was cool. (PN Photo, May 28, 2022)

Enjoy a fun summer building sand castles, playing volleyball, and sliding at Centennial Beach.

Walk this way to the entrance to Centennial Beach. A large bike rack is located just east of the flag pole. (PN Photo, May 28, 2022)

Centennial Beach will remain open for the summer season, weather permitting, through Labor Day weekend. Be safe.

The National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day is 3PM

The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event set for 3PM on Memorial Day to remember all fallen heroes and their families who sacrificed for this nation. No matter what time zone, the 3PM time was chosen as a time to pause and reflect because mid-afternoon is when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on Memorial Day.

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