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Naperville Park District receives $250,000 donation for new pavilion

The Naperville Park District has received a $250,000 donation from the Frank J. Rus Trust to undertake site improvements and build a new pavilion at Knoch Knolls Park on the south side of the city.

The Frank J. Rus Trust donated 40 acres of land to the park district in 2021, creating the Frank Rus Preserve at Knoch Knolls Park. The new pavilion will support educational and recreational programs and provide visitors with a picnic area.

The proposed pavilion is planned for the south side of the DuPage River and will be accessible from the bicycle and pedestrian bridge.

At its Thursday meeting, the park board approved a resolution to begin a 60-day period of consideration before naming the pavilion the Frank J. Rus Pavilion.

“We are grateful for this generous donation that will enable the park district to fill a need for outdoor program space at Knoch Knolls Park,” Executive Director Brad Wilson said.

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