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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located throughout Naperville Park District

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Above / Be aware of the AED located facing Moser Tower on the west side of the Riverwalk Café, one of ten outdoor locations and 23 indoor locations throughout the Naperville Park District. (PN File Photo)

Over the past 15 years, Naperville Park District has added more than 30 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to its parks and facilities, with the support of grants, donations, partnerships and state purchasing programs to help defray the cost.

AEDs have proven to be effective in saving lives, and with more than 25% of cardiac arrests occurring outside the home, it is important to have AEDs available in public places. According to research reported in an American Heart Association journal in 2018, survival from cardiac arrest doubled when a bystander stepped in to apply an AED before emergency responders arrived.

According to the NPD website, the wall-mounted units “house AEDs securely, are easily recognizable and include a call button to connect a user directly to a Public Safety Answering Point. If the dispatcher determines that the user is in need of the AED, they can release the door remotely from the dispatch center, while simultaneously dispatching Fire, EMS, and Police to the scene.”

Additional information about the AEDs at the Park District is posted on the District’s website at napervilleparks.org/aed.

Currently, in addition to the AEDs in Park Police vehicles and ATVs, there are AEDs at the following park or facility locations:

  •  95th St. Community Plaza
  • Riverwalk Park (Warming House)
  •  Frontier Sports Complex (Central pavilion/restrooms)
  •  Commissioners Park (East side of pavilion/restrooms)
  •  Knoch Park (2) (Central Maintenance Facility and west side of restrooms)
  • Two AEDs are located in Nike Sports Complex. (NPD Photo)

     Nike Sports Complex (2) (Ballfield hub building and south pavilion/restrooms)

  •  Riverwalk Café  (West side of building)
  •  Wolf’s Crossing Community Park  (North side of pavilion/restrooms)
  • 95th Street Center
  • Administration Building
  • Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center
  • Centennial Beach (2)
  • Fort Hill Activity Center (2)
  • Knoch Knolls Nature Center
  • Naperbrook Golf Course Clubhouse
  • Naperville Central High School Community Room    
  • North Maintenance Facility
  • Seager Park Interpretive Center
  • South Maintenance Facility
  • Sportsman’s Park Community Clubhouse
  • Springbrook Golf Course Clubhouse
  • Visitors Center at the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower 

As part of its 2023 capital projects, the Park District plans to install an AED on the east side of Frontier Sports Complex at the restroom building near the new pickleball courts and another AED at DuPage River Sports Complex.

Begin 2023 with timely awareness. Be safe and be prepared.

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.

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