95th Street Community Plaza Groundbreaking

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Construction on the 95th Street Community Plaza is officially underway.

The Naperville Park District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on May 22 to commemorate the future plaza.

The park district views this project as a major gathering point for south Naperville, almost like the Riverwalk downtown.

“We probably would not have done something of this magnitude at a two-acre parcel anywhere else in the city,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “But as you look at the synergy around here – library, school, retail, Frontier Park – you have all these things right here. This was a no-brainer.”

The whole idea started with 95th Street Library Manager Karen Dunford, who identified the opportunity to create something on the land directly south of her library.

“Having this park here is just going to be a natural place to draw everybody in to sit down, enjoy the outside, and just connect with one another and connect with nature,” said Dunford.

Amenities in the 95th Street Community Plaza will include an amphitheater, a splash pad, and connections to the miles of trail systems in the area.

The $3.6 million project is subsidized via the land-cash ordinance money from Pulte Homes’ development on the Wagner Farms property to the south of the plaza.

The project is expected to be substantially completed by late 2019 and officially finished by Memorial Day 2020.

Naperville News 17’s Casey Krajewski reports.