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16 minutes | Jan 13, 2023
S32 Episode 02: Lifelong Fitness in All Seasons
Diana, a fitness member and part-time customer service representative at Fort Hill Activity Center, recounts her fitness journey from her early years as a teacher to her current life as a retiree.
13 minutes | Dec 29, 2022
S31 Episode 03 Spring Blooms
Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records at the Morton Arboretum, describes the earliest signs of spring growth in our Northern Illinois trees, from the greening of the willow twigs to the blooms of the crabapple trees.
14 minutes | Dec 16, 2022
S32 Episode 01: Sustainable Fitness For A Healthy Life
Melissa, a fitness member and part-time fitness attendant at Fort Hill Activity Center, explains how she overcame injuries and finds joy in pursuing her current fitness goals.
16 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
S31 Episode 02: Invaders In Our Natural Areas
Two Naperville Park District staff members explain what invasive trees and shrubs are and why it’s important to remove them from natural areas to promote a healthy ecosystem.
15 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
S31 Episode 01: Fall Colors
Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records at the Morton Arboretum, explains some of the factors behind the timing and variations in color of our fall foliage. Ed is the author of the Arboretum's Fall Color Report.
14 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
S30 Episode 04: Work And Play At The Golf Courses
Kevin Carlson, director of golf at the Naperville Park District, talks about the opportunities available for retirees to work as well as play golf at Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses.
16 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
S30 Episode 03: A Dramatic Recovery Leads to an Active Retirement
Jim, a fitness attendant at Fort Hill Fitness and a former executive in a large corporation tells of how he survived a major health crisis and is now enjoying an active retirement.
14 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
S30 Episode 02 - Finding A Fun Retirement Job
After a 40-year career in the health care field, Don retired and then found not just one, but several fun, part-time jobs at the Naperville Park District. In this episode, he explains how these different jobs have enriched his life.
13 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
S30 Episode 01 - Volunteering In Retirement
Former business owner Marty Ceranek tells how he successfully transitioned to retirement and why he enjoys volunteering at Naperville Park District.
17 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
S29 Episode 04: Meet Our Volunteer Beekeeper
Volunteer beekeeper Joe Bourassa explains how to help honey bees thrive and shares his passion for insects, their wellbeing and their importance to our ecosystem.
16 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
S29 Episode 03 - Digging In To Beautify Parks
Two park staff members tell how volunteers provide invaluable help in taking care of natural areas, keeping Riverwalk flowers blooming, and helping the Park District maintain parks across the community.
16 minutes | May 5, 2022
S29 Episode 02 The Rewards Of Coaching
Parent volunteers Chris and Kelly, who are coaching 3 soccer teams this season, tell why they love coaching their kids' teams and how others can get involved.
11 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Episode 01 - A Fresh Look At Our Volunteer Program
Meet our new volunteer and events manager, Becca, and learn about the many ways to get involved as a volunteer in parks and recreation.
16 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
S28 Episode 02 - Team Gymnastics
Gymnastics coordinator Karen Schmidt tells how young gymnasts enjoy the Naperville Park District’s in-house team experience, making friends and gaining confidence while they learn the basics of competition in this popular sport.
13 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
S28 Episode 01 - A New Life At 90
Fitness participant Louise shares her experience of moving to Naperville in 2020 in her late 80s and fitting in as a participant in the popular group exercise classes at Fort Hill Activity Center with others half her age.
14 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
S27 - Episode 07 - All Eyes on Recruitment and Retention
In this episode we look at how the Park District continues to put a lot of emphasis behind its recruiting and retention efforts to ensure its continued excellence in operations. Guests: Katie Sepe, Director of Human Resources and Lisette Zuniga, HR Administrator
26 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
S27 - Episode 06 - Fostering a “Greener” Park District
In this episode we highlight key environmental initiatives at the District and key recognitions received. Guests: Tim Quigley, Director of Parks and Sue Omanson, Community Development Manager
22 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
S27 - Episode 05 - Successes and challenges of operating in a state of flux due to the pandemic
In this episode we gain insights regarding the successes and continuing challenges of operating in a state of flux due to the pandemic. Guests: Brad Wilson, Executive Director; Andrea Coates, Superintendent of Recreation, Kevin Carlson, Director of Golf and Sue Stanish, Director of Finance
22 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
S27 - Episode 04 - A look back at 2021 accomplishments and previews key 2022 initiatives
Park District staff looks back at 2021 accomplishments and previews key 2022 initiatives. Guests: Brad Wilson, Executive Director; Eric Shutes, Director of Planning
8 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
S27 - Episode 03 - Learning more about new commissioners Leslie Ruffing and Rhonda Ansier
In this episode we introduce two of the four new commissioners elected in April 2021 and learn more about them. Guests: Commissioners Leslie Ruffing and Rhonda Ansier
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