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Rothermel Family Skate Facility set to open December 21


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.

Editor’s Note / We’ve been receiving inquiries for the “rest of the story.” As we find answers to questions, they’ll be posted here.

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

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Naperville Park District
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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.