Above / Newly renovated skate park located just west of Centennial Beach is ready for residents. (Photo courtesy Naperville Park District)
The Naperville Park District’s newly-renovated Rothermel Family Skate Facility, formerly known as Centennial Park Skate Facility, is set to open to the public on Thurs., Dec. 21, 2023.
Funding for this project was provided, in part, by a $120,000 grant from the Rothermel Family Fund of DuPage Foundation. As a provision of the grant, the Naperville Park District named the new skate facility the “Rothermel Family Skate Facility.”
Project construction began in early July after the Park District identified that the equipment at Centennial Park Skate Facility needed replacement due to typical wear and tear.
The new design features an in-ground concrete skate park with a “bowl” design, enhanced accessibility, and many fun features for skaters of all ages and abilities. In contrast to Frontier Skate Park, which is more typical of a street-style skate park due to its above-ground ramps, this new installation diversifies the Park District’s offerings to skaters.
This grant is the second one given to the Naperville Park District by the Rothermel Family Fund of DuPage Foundation. In Spring of 2023, the Park District opened six new pickleball courts on the east side of Frontier Sports Complex after receiving a grant totaling $100,000.
“The Naperville Park District is incredibly grateful for the Rothermel family’s generosity,” said Executive Director Brad Wilson. “Their continued support demonstrates their belief in the importance of community recreation opportunities, which are well aligned with the Park District’s mission.”
While the facility will open to the public for use beginning this Thurs., Dec. 21, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in spring 2024.
For more information on the renovation, visit www.napervilleparks.org/capital-projects-centennial-park-skate-facility-renovation.
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According to the NPD, there will be no lights at the skate facility. It will be open from 8AM to sunset.
Bicycles are not allowed. Non-motorized in-line skates, skateboards and scooters only are allowed.
The Park District also provided a link to the Skate Facility rules, found on the Park District’s website. www.napervilleparks.org/upload/Misc/RothermelFamilySkateFacilityRules.pdf