5th Avenue Consultant:
Naperville is looking for a consultant to help review design proposals for the 5th Avenue redevelopment. The city is seeking a company that can alert them to any potential legal, financial or planning issues with the new construction, and ensure that taxpayers are getting the best deal. Ryan Companies has been tapped to come up with designs for the 13-acre site; the firm was granted that right after leading the public input portion of the project. Those designs are expected to be released on Monday. Proposals from those wishing to become the independent advocate to review those designs are due to the city by August 28.
Riverwalk Duck Race:
Naperville’s annual Riverwalk Duck Race went off with a splash this morning. Around 2,000 plastic ducks raced from the pedestrian bridge by the Riverwalk Visitor Center all the way down to the Eagle Street Bridge. Coming in first place was number 1979, in second was number 167, and taking third was number 643. As for the bigger sponsored ducks, taking best costume was Naperville Responds for Veterans, and the first place finisher was Maclyn’s blue duck. But the real lucky duck is the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation, who raised $7,689 through the event to help support enhancements and education on Naperville’s crown jewel.
Tuk Tuk Growth:
And from ducks, ducks, loose to a Tuk Tuk spruce! The city’s unique electric shuttle ride service has upped its fleet from four to five, and has branched out into providing different tours throughout the city. You can still hop a ride on the 3-wheeled Tuk Tuks to get you where you need to go, but can also climb aboard for a leisurely ride to see historic sites, Christmas lights, or any of our town’s delights. To hail a ride you can now use the Tuk Tuk Time app, which the business hopes will soon include both a payment feature and the option to select a conventional ride in a car.
Vern McGonagle Memorial Golf Tournament:
The 16th annual Vern McGonagle Memorial Golf Tournament was held yesterday at the Naperville Country Club. On the girls side, Benet Academy senior Lauren Beaudreau returned from a one year hiatus in style, setting a new tournament record with a 12 stroke victory score of 67. That helped the Redwings edge out Naperville North 332 to 336. On the boys side, Waubonsie Valley topped three-time defending champ Neuqua Valley 324 to 329. Warriors junior Will Troy was the individual champion as well with a round of 74.
Senior of the Year:
Finally, congratulations to Barbara Appleson! The Naperville resident and long-time Riverwalk Adult Day Services volunteer has been named the winner of the inaugural Senior of the Year award, created by Naperville’s Senior Task Force. She’ll receive her award at the City Council meeting on September 4.