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Friday, April 19, 2024

Naperville Park District recognizes incoming and outgoing commissioners, proposes name for new park


Above / The Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners meets twice monthly during regularly scheduled meetings at the Fort Hill Activity Center. Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive.

The Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners welcomed newly-elected commissioners Rich Janor (incumbent), Chris Jacks and John Risvold and recognized outgoing commissioner Marie Todd at its May 11 meeting at the Fort Hill Activity Center.

Judge John C. Anderson administered oath of office to recently-elected John Risvold, Chris Jacks and Rich Janor. (NPD Photo)

Judge John C. Anderson of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Will County attended the meeting to administer the oath of office to the incoming commissioners. 

Commissioners Jacks, Janor and Risvold were elected to office in the April 4, 2023, consolidated election to serve a four-year term on the Park Board.

The three newly-elected commissioners join Commissioners Rhonda Ansier, Mary Gibson, Leslie Ruffing, and Alison Thompson, all of whom are serving four-year terms which expire in 2025.

NPD Executive Director Brad Wilson, outgoing Commissioner Marie Todd and Board President Mary Gibson. (NPD Photo)

Board President Mary Gibson thanked outgoing commissioner Marie Todd for her 18 years of service on the Board, noting her support and collaboration that helped make possible the District’s development and stewardship of many excellent park amenities to meet the needs of our growing community.

In addition to presenting Todd with a commemorative photograph of the Riverwalk, the Board approved a resolution on April 27, 2023, to name the future practice facility at Naperbrook Golf Course the Marie Todd Practice Facility.

New park at Polo Club proposed to be named ‘Fairlane Farms Park’

Also at the meeting, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to begin a 60-day period of consideration prior to naming one of the two proposed parks in the new Polo Club Development “Fairlane Farms Park.”

Two parks are proposed to be donated to the Naperville Park District by the developer, Pulte Homes, per the land-cash ordinance as part of the Polo Club Subdivision development located on the north side of 119th Street, east of Route 59. One park will be a neighborhood park, centrally located, and is planned to be named, “Polo Club Park.” The second park will be located on the east side of the Polo Club Subdivision and will include multipurpose turf fields and parking lots. The proposed name for this park is “Fairlane Farms Park,” to commemorate Fairlane Farms, which was located on land that is now part of the new subdivision.

Naperville resident Richard W. Kuhn and his family taught polo at Fairlane Farms, which was originally purchased by his grandparents in the 1930s. Many players at the Naperville Polo Club learned to ride and play polo at Fairlane Farms. The naming of the future park highlights the historical connection between Fairlane Farms and the Naperville community.

In accordance with Park District Policies, the Park Board must provide for a sixty (60) day period of consideration to receive additional information from the community prior to taking formal action to agree to name the east side park to be donated as part of the Polo Club Subdivision: “Fairlane Farms Park.”  

The next board meeting begins at 6:30PM Thurs., May 25, at Fort Hill Activity Center. The public is welcome.











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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.


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