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New interpretive sign highlights Veterans Park history


Above / Naperville Park District thanks members of the Kiwanis Club of Naperville for their donation and service at Veterans Park, 303 E. Gartner Road. In 1989, Veterans Park was dedicated with a display of this nation’s military service flags. On 2023 Memorial Day weekend, the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument was dedicated in the park as well. (Photo Courtesy NPD)

Naperville Park District recently installed a new interpretive sign at Veterans Park, 303 E. Gartner Road. The cost of the sign was donated by the Kiwanis Club of Naperville, which also has adopted the park, committing to regular volunteer days to beautify and maintain the park.

The sign provides a brief history of the park, information about the monuments that are located there and also highlights the District’s Adopt-A-Park program.

“We are grateful for the generous donation by the Kiwanis Club of Naperville, which covered the cost of fabricating this sign,” said Executive Director Brad Wilson. “We also appreciate their continued support of the Park District and Veterans Park through the Adopt-a-Park program.”

Along Gartner Road, the sign at Veterans Park recognizes the “Adopt-a-Park” distinction held by the Kiwanis Club of Naperville. (PN File Photo)

Veterans Park is owned by the City of Naperville and maintained by the Naperville Park District, through a 99-year lease with the City. The park typically hosts the community’s annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances; however, this year, the Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, at the planned Vietnam Wall of Remembrance.

The Veterans Day program is set for 11AM on Sat., Nov. 11. More information about the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance can be found at www.napervilleparks.org/VietnamWallofRemembrance.

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering for the Naperville Park District or participating in the District’s Adopt-a-Park program may learn more at  www.napervilleparks.org/volunteer.


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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.