Each month, we will get to know an employee of the Naperville Park District. We started last month with Project Manger Peggy Pelkonen. This month we meet Centennial Beach Manager Kelly Doyle.
1. How long have you worked at the Park District?
I have worked at the park district for 14 awesome years. I was first hired on as a swim instructor at Centennial Beach. Since then I have worked every position at Centennial Beach and currently serve there as a manager. Along with my years at the beach, I have also worked in other areas of the Park District. I served as the first Carillon coordinator when the Visitor's Center and Moser Tower opened and have taught gymnastics, mini soccer and a jump rope class, as well as working hayrides, the Santa House and several other special events over the years.
2. What is your favorite part of working at the Park District?
My favorite park about working for the Park District is the people I work with! I have had the privilege of working for a terrific supervisor for over seven years who has taught me about how to be a good leader. In addition to appreciating having a great supervisor, I keep coming back to the Beach every summer because of the people who work there. We are a family at the Beach, and when it comes down to it, everyone cares about each other. We have a very hard working staff on all ends of the operation, including managers, guest services staff members who are the frontline, the grill staff that provides great food, and the guards who keep everyone in the park safe. Oh, I can't forget to mention the Beach Bums of Centennial Beach, either. Although they are patrons to the park, they too are part of the Beach Family and what makes Centennial Beach so great!
3. What made you want to work at the Park District?
My parents always took us to the Beach as kids, and having grown up learning to swim at the Beach, all of my siblings and I thought it would be a fun place to work. I started to work for the Park District at Centennial Beach when my two older siblings were working there and there was a need for more swim instructors. I applied and was hired and the rest is history!
4. What new Park District activity are you most excited about?
I am not necessarily excited for any "new" activity at the Park District but really excited to do many activities through the Park District through a different lens. Now with having a child of my own, my husband and I are looking forward to soccer, softball, swimming, playing at parks, ice skating and anything else our daughter would like to do through the Park District. At 18 months, she is already very familiar with the Beach and loves to go!
5. What is your favorite time of year with the Park District?
My favorite time of year in the Park District is the spring. Although I really enjoy my summers at the Park District and Beach, spring time is when we start training for the Beach. It is always great when the staff returns from a year at either high school or college and has lots of stories from the year to share. The month of May is spent training and working to get the facility ready for opening day. Having a well trained staff and a beautiful park is always a great feeling come Memorial Day weekend.
6. What is your favorite thing about Naperville?
My favorite thing about Naperville is the Riverwalk. Whether it be running in the early hours of the morning with my friends or taking an afternoon walk in the fall with my family and dogs when the leaves have started turning colors, it is always a peaceful and welcoming place to be.