Parking Bollards | Fort Hill Expansion | KidsMatter Volunteer Fair

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Parking Bollards or Blocks:

A Naperville resident is asking the city to consider using bollards instead of concrete blocks in parking lots. Bev Patterson Frier brought up the issue to city council after she suffered a fall over a concrete parking block in March, resulting in 27 stitches to her forehead. Frier says the blocks are a hazard and bollards would be easier for those with walkers or wheelchairs to maneuver. Both the police and fire chiefs agreed that there are advantages to the use of bollards over concrete wheel stops. Council directed city staff to look into the issue and come back with a recommendation.

Fort Hill To Unveil Expansion:

Fort Hill Activity Center will officially unveil its new “Studio D” on Friday October 25. The expansion to the fitness center will provide nearly 4,000 extra square feet for group exercise classes. The project began in May 2019, to meet the needs of the growing number of participants looking to take classes. The official debut will be at 11:30 a.m. and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, a drawing for a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate, and a complimentary yoga class.

CNG Station Delayed:

Completion of the compressed natural gas filling station planned for Jefferson Avenue has been pushed back until spring 2020. Officials say delays in extending a gas line have slowed down the project, which was originally slated to be done by the end of this month. The station is being built by Trillium Transportation Fuels on an acre of land near the Naperville test track, and will cost an estimated $2.5 million. Once constructed, the city’s CNG-functional fleet, waste management suppliers, and the public will all be able to fuel up at the station with CNG, a cleaner energy alternative.

KidsMatter Volunteer Fair:

KidsMatter hosted its 17th annual volunteer fair for students looking to get involved in the community. About 400 prospective volunteers flocked to the Fort Hill Activity Center for the chance to talk with 30 local organizations about their mission and how they can help them accomplish it. It’s one of KidsMatter’s many strategies to get youth more involved in volunteerism.