The Naperville Park District and the City of Naperville have partnered to install a drinking fountain at Fire Station #5. Read the full press release below:
Naperville trail users now have a new drinking fountain adjacent to the entrance to one of the trails at Springbrook Prairie. The fountain recently was installed at Naperville Fire Station #5, located at the corner of 87th Street and Naperville/Plainfield Road by the City of Naperville in partnership with the Naperville Park District.
When the opportunity arose to provide a drinking fountain near a community recreational trail and in a public location with the necessary infrastructure already in place, Park District officials agreed to collaborate with the Naperville Fire Department and City of Naperville Public Works Department to make it a reality.
“In July 2013 Capt. Dave Ferreri of the Naperville Fire Department contacted me about a potential partnership with the City of Naperville involving a water fountain at Fire Station #5, where the Springbrook trail runs by the fire house,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “The city would supply the water if the Park District could provide the water fountain. Pretty easy decision since it was a small cost to the Park District with a huge deliverable back to our citizens who utilize this trail every day.”
The new fountain, which includes a pet fountain, will serve Naperville residents who visit Springbrook Prairie Preserve or the neighboring parks, Springbrook Crossings, located at 1211 Leverenz Road or Springbrook Parkway, located at 2199 Nottingham Drive.
“The Naperville Fire Department is concerned not only about life safety, but about how to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of the community it serves,” Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said. “With the close proximity of Fire Station No. 5 to the entrance of a Springbrook Prairie trail, this was truly a natural fit for an amenity that will keep trail users well hydrated. We’re proud to partner with the Park District on this venture and hope the community gets great use out of this drinking fountain.”