Naperville Now 06-15-17

Park Facility Revealed:

The Naperville Park District is preparing to unveil the Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility to the public. The $7.8 million facility replaces the Barn Recreation Center, which was knocked down last year. The new space opens with a ribbon cutting this Saturday at 9:30 a.m., when the public will be invited inside to see the 27,000 square feet of operations offices, fueling stations and vehicle bays.

Weed Killer Suspended:

And in more park district news, the group is temporarily suspending the use of the herbicide Roundup in playground areas. The decision came after an online petition garnering over 250 signatures requested that the park district halt the use of the weed killer at parks and schools, claiming it contains potentially dangerous chemicals. The district says they value public health and safety above all, so they will look into organic weed control options, but ask for understanding as parks may see more weeds than usual during this trial period.

Project HELP Bikes:

Last night, City of Naperville employees built 24 bikes and donated them to Project HELP. The bikes were purchased with funds raised from city employees and local businesses like Handlebars Cycling Gym. AAA donated 24 helmets to go with the bikes to make sure kids stay safe on their new rides. Project HELP delivered the bikes last night.

Maynard Drafted:

Earlier this week, Naperville Central hockey player Andrew Maynard was drafted 135th overall by the Atlanta Capitals of the North American Tier 3 Junior hockey league. The Redhawks star just finished his junior season at Naperville Central, leading the team with 71 goals and 33 assists in only 27 league games. Maynard had ten games in which he scored four goals or more and was named an AHAI All State selection. 

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