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Naperville Now 04-26-18

Flag Football Replaces Tackle:

District 203 is throwing a flag on junior-high tackle football. The district announced they will be switching this fall to noncontact football for their seventh and eighth grade players. The change is a result of dropping enrollment in the tackle football program, and concerns from parents about the risk of concussions. District 204 also switched to flag football for their junior high athletes, a change they announced earlier this month.

Southwest Community Park Planning:

The park district wants your input on a new 33-acre park coming to Naperville. Last night they held a forum at the Fort Hill Activity Center to get feedback about the features folks would like to see at the Southwest Community Park, which will soon be taking shape at Wolf’s Crossing Road and Trumpet Avenue. Some plan ideas include a sled hill, playground, and a splash pad. Initial feedback has shown quite a bit of interest in either an indoor or outdoor pool, but the park district is still gathering information, and estimations for cost before making their final decisions. You can take a public survey and weigh in yourself at the park district’s website.

Funtopia Opening:

Parents rejoice – there’s a fun new family entertainment center opening tomorrow here in Naperville. At Funtopia, kids can challenge themselves on nearly 30 climbing walls, race their friends on the ninja course, or test their balance on the high ropes obstacles. And parents and even grandparents are welcome to give it a try as well. Funtopia aims to combine sports with fun, and has space set aside for toddlers, parties, and special events. You can find it in Westridge Court off of Aurora Avenue and Route 59.

Dandelion Fountain On:

And it’s a welcome sign of spring here in Naperville – the Dandelion Fountain has been turned on for the season. The Riverwalk mainstay near Jackson Avenue and Webster Street features 50 spokes in the fountainhead to create the dandelion effect. It will remain on through early November.

Metea Takes On Waubonsie:

In the middle of a three game series, Metea Valley baseball travelled to rival Waubonsie Valley for an afternoon game. The Warriors were clicking on all cylinders early on, taking a 3-0 lead through 5 innings thanks to a pair of RBI hits from Cole Gregorio. But the Mustangs battled back in the top of the seventh, eventually tying the game on a Cade Sullivan RBI single. In the bottom of the seventh, Waubonsie returned the favor as Ben Jaynes singled up the middle to score Zach Laws from 2nd for the game winning run. The Warriors took the walk off victory 4 to 3.



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