5th Avenue Parking Plan:
At last night’s Naperville City Council meeting, city staff presented a plan for commuter parking as it relates to the 5th Avenue Redevelopment Project. The plan would hope to solve the backlogged waitlist for spaces, which is estimated to be up to 13 years long. The city’s solutions include performing regular audits of who is using the permits to eliminate secondhand permit transfers, and making Pace a more cost-competitive option. Council approved the report, but staff will continue to monitor ways to improve commuter parking. Councilman Kevin Coyne suggested increasing the cost of a parking pass to discourage holding on to parking permits if you don’t need one. He said that would also more accurately reflect the value of a permit.
The group also approved some changes to the 5th Avenue Steering Committee. The DuPage Children’s Museum will now have a representative on the committee, council liaisons Judy Brodhead and Patrick Kelly will no longer be voting members, and city staff will now facilitate and lead the meetings in place of Ryan Companies.
Naperville Jaycees Park Opens:
With a countdown and a cut, Naperville Jaycees Park was officially opened. Yesterday, dignitaries, donors, and community members gathered outside City Hall for the ribbon cutting for the smart park. The new space has 26 power outlets and two smartphone charging stations, all powered by the 161 solar panels on top of the Municipal Center. The park also has its own WiFi network, lots of seating, and a convenient spot to fill your water bottle.
Wings of Hope Butterfly Release:
It was a night of remembrance at the Wings of Hope Angel Garden Blessing & Butterfly Release. The annual event at Edward Hospital welcomes those who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of an infant. After the name of each child was read aloud to remember, their lives were celebrated with a special butterfly release. The garden is a specially designated spot near the hospital’s south entrance where parents can memorialize their child. The event was put on by Edward’s SHARE program – a support group for grieving families who have lost an infant. More information about their meetings and what they do can be found on the Edward website.
Carillon Summer Recital Series:
Though summer is still officially a couple weeks away, the sounds of the season have arrived. The 2019 Carillon Summer Recital Series began yesterday with Naperville’s own carilllonneur Tim Sleep kicking things off. From now until August community members can listen and even watch carilllonneurs from around the world perform at the Millennium Carillon. For information about performers and dates you can check out the carillon’s website.
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