Above / Fishing at Lake Osborne posts a daily catch limit of six bass, but we can’t confirm success for this family on July 3. Find the peaceful setting and parking just west of the Naperville Public Safety Center along Aurora Avenue. (PN Photo)
The sunset over Lake Osborne oftentimes is a reminder of many devoted women who nurtured this community to help make it a great hometown. The “lake,” a reservoir named as a tribute to Marjorie Osborne, also brings to mind May Theilgaard Watts, Jane Sindt, Barbara Ashley Seilaff, Peg Price, Genevieve Towsley and Rita Fredenhagen Harvard, just a few of many dedicated women and determined risk takers who inspired good developments while making a can-do difference here in Naperville.
By day, summer wildflowers are in bloom, the walking-and-bike trail provides a peaceful path to nature, and a wide variety of waterfowl swim in Lake Osborne, just south of the Naperville Public Safety Center.
Discover another of Naperville’s natural treasures in the heart of town, perfect for midday getaways.
The reservoir offers a spacious place for bass fishing from the shoreline, biking and walking on paved trails around the lake and picnicking by the gazebo. Some seasonal precautions are advised.
Lake Osborne is named to honor Marjorie Osborne
Named to honor civic leader Marjorie Osborne, an advocate of water resource management, the park is located just west of the Public Safety Center along Aurora Ave.
When digging into the history of Osborne’s local leadership, interested residents will learn that in June 1972, a referendum caused the dissolution of Elementary District 78 and High School District 107 and the formation of a 32-square-mile Community Unit School District 203 that exists today. Osborne ended up being elected on Aug. 12, 1972, to serve the new district with Daniel Butler, Mary Lou Cowlishaw, John Dahlberg, Dean Davis, Wilma Reschke and Andrew Wehrli.
In the mid to late 1980s, Osborne, a former member of the Naperville Plan Commission, also served as president of the local preservation society.