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Paddleboat Quarry, splash pads opening this month; Naperville chamber announces Four Under 40 Achievement winners; garden plots open house event set for Wednesday – Chicago Tribune

Naperville Park District’s Paddleboat Quarry is now open on weekends and will be start daily hours on May 30.

The city’s two splash pads will be available for use starting Memorial Day weekend, but the district is not going to hold Midday Sprays on Rotary Hill this summer.

Residents may rent paddleboats, kayaks and paddleboards from 10 am to 7 pm on a first come, first served basis. The rental hut overlooking the quarry along the Riverwalk near Rotary Hill and the Riverwalk Café.

The splash pads are located at the 95th Street Community Plaza, 3109 Cedar Glade Drive, and at Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road.

District officials decided to end the Midday Spray because it was provided as an option when Centennial Beach was closed during the pandemic. The splash pads offer similar water play but with more features, officials said.

Centennial Beach will be open for the Memorial Day weekend.

Recipients of this year’s Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Four Under 40 Achievement Award winners will be honored at a cocktail reception at 4:30 pm June 1 at the Danada House, 3S501 Naperville Road, Wheaton.

The winners are Kim Dalaskey, principal broker/owner of Monarque Group; Marlee Harford, owner of iTrees; Lauren Lee, owner of Lucky Duck Junk Removal; and Paul Novak, senior wealth manager at T2 Asset Management.

The award recognizes professionals under the age of 40 who demonstrate excellence in community leadership, business leadership and excellence in career and life balance, a chamber news release said.

The cocktail reception is open to all community members and will highlight the award winners and the finalists nominated this year. Registration is available at www.naperville.net.

Naperville Park District is hosting an open house for the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots from 6 to 7 pm Wednesday, May 18, at 811 S. West St.

The event will allow interested gardeners to review possible improvements to the plots based on community feedback.

In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at the Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility at 427 W. Martin Ave.

At the open house, residents can see two alternative, preliminary concepts for improvements that might be made to the garden area. Feedback on the proposed changes can be made online at www.napervilleparks.org through May 27.

The park board will review one site master plan this summer.

There are about 500 plots for residents in the community to grow their own vegetables and flowers, with other features added over the years, such as a tree nursery and honeybee hives.

The park district is working with Upland Design and getting feedback from gardeners and other interested members of the community to create a site master plan. It has been hosting open houses and online surveys to gauge community opinions.

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