Centennial Beach season begins Memorial Day weekend

<p>Centennial Beach.  |  Courtesy of Naperville Park District.</p>

Centennial Beach.  |  Courtesy of Naperville Park District.

Swimming season begins in Naperville on May 24 at Centennial Beach. Read the full release below.

What a difference one week can make at Centennial Beach.  Last week ice still covered most of the swimming area. This week, staff has emptied the water from the entire area and soon will begin refilling it with fresh water in preparation for opening day on May 24, 2014.

Additional behind-the-scenes preparation for the 2014 Beach season has included planning new programs, installing new amenities, hiring summer staff, and redesigning the Centennial Beach website.

“We are pleased to announce that the Centennial Beach website,www.centennialbeach.org, has a new look, featuring photos, a visitors’ guide, details about membership, hours, programs, and everything our patrons need to know about the Beach,” said Director of Marketing and Communications Sameera Luthman. “The website was redesigned completely in-house and is now ready for the 2014 Beach season.”

A quick glance at the new website will show familiar programs, such as swim lessons, Mudrats swim team, diving and water polo as well as some exciting new fitness programs coming this summer, including Beachside Yoga, Aqua Zumba, and Open Water Triathlon Training.

 “Centennial Beach offers a peaceful, beautiful setting that can be perfect for yoga,” said Aquatics Manager Andrea Coates. “And we’re excited to be able to offer Triathlon training and water-based programs like Aqua Zumba.”

Also new in 2014 is the addition of a permanent bag toss near the sand volleyball courts.

Centennial Beach is open to residents and nonresidents, with daily passes and season memberships available. Those who plan to visit the Beach more than a few times will find that purchasing a membership provides the best value. The Early Bird rate for Centennial Beach memberships (offering a 20% discount) is available until 5:00 p.m. on May 12. Beach memberships will include two new benefits in 2014:  a 10% discount at Centennial Grill and two member appreciation nights. 

Beach memberships may be renewed online or by mail. New memberships can be purchased at Park District’s Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Avenue, or the 95th Street Center at 2244 W. 95th Street.

Centennial Beach is staffed by a dedicated team of lifeguards, swim instructors and guest services staff.  As of April 10, Centennial Beach has a few openings for lifeguards. Details are available at http://www.napervilleparks.org/employment.


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