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Centennial Beach ready to open Memorial Day weekend

The new sand volleyball court at Centennial Beach is ready for play.

The new sand volleyball court at Centennial Beach is ready for play.

Centennial Beach, featuring its newly renovated Bathhouse, entry plaza, and Centennial Grill, is ready to welcome beachgoers for the 2012 season beginning this Saturday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Beach visitors will find some new additions this year, including a new sand volleyball court in the northwest corner and a third window at Centennial Grill to expedite orders for bottled drinks and packaged items. Also, as a convenience, kids and adults will have the option of using the Naperville Park District’s new Load & Go Card for Centennial Grill and other purchases, rather than relying on cash or credit cards. The Load & Go Card works like a debit card and can be purchased and re-loaded at the Park District Administration Building and other Park District locations during regular hours and at Centennial Beach beginning on May 26. For more details, visit

Continuing an annual tradition, Centennial Beach will celebrate Memorial Day by offering free admission on Monday, May 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In January 2012 Centennial Beach won a state award for Outstanding Facility through the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. According to the award letter from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, “The Outstanding Facility and Park Award recognizes public agencies for their exceptional and unique achievements in design and development.”

“Centennial Beach is one of Naperville’s unique locations, and we are proud to have been able to improve key amenities within the Beach for our visitors while preserving its historic character,” said Executive Director Ray McGury.

Centennial Beach is located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue in Naperville.

For more information about Centennial Beach, visit This website includes the history of the Beach, a fact sheet, the 2012 schedule, and photo gallery.

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