Real-life locations inspired by Naperville’s best-known attractions

More than once, PN has referenced a stone monument along the Riverwalk engraved with a poem titled “What We Need.” The stone is located along the brick path a short walk from the former Netzley House, now the Moser Tower Visitor Centre, west of the footbridge that leads over the river DuPage to Centennial Beach.

Encourage family, friends and young people to visit the stone, etched with reminders that what we need is a little more kindness with more smiles, laughter and flowers along life’s journey .

Each change of season brings new outdoor adventures. The longer days as summer approaches provide more time to appreciate all that is created in nature and to experience the attractions that welcome visitors almost every day.

Take in views of Moser Tower from the top of Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk.

Considering Moser Tower since 2000, Century Walk public art since 1996, the Riverwalk since 1981, Naper Settlement since 1969, and Centennial Beach since 1931, our city’s most significant amenities have been inspired by innovative local residents. The five attractions connect relevant history.

See the Martin Mitchell Mansion in Naper Settlement, overlooking Rotary Hill’s spring tulip bed along the Riverwalk.

Long-time residents and history buffs may recall that real-life locations inspired some of our city’s best-known attractions.

Since 1831, many dynamic people have arrived on the banks of the West Arm of the DuPage River. Risk-takers with imagination and fundraising prowess found creative inspiration from other places and went out of their way to replicate it here and there for families and visitors to enjoy. .

In 1981, the Riverwalk along the DuPage River became the Memorial Gift to the Citizens of Naperville, recognizing the city’s first 150 years. The plaque at the Civic Plaza helps tell the story of its grand opening on Labor Day, September 7, 1981.

From the Riverwalk, inspired by the path in San Antonio, Texas; at Century Walk, inspired by outdoor public art in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; at the Millennium Labyrinth, a copy of the labyrinth dating from 1205 at the Cathedral of Chartes in Chartes, France, our local landscape has become more appealing.

In 2031, our city will celebrate its first 200 years. What commemoration will our community present to mark the occasion?

Maybe people with a dynamic mind can create a cooperative plan for the City’s bicentenary in 2031. Some people have already sent us ideas. Do you have any ideas?

One more thing… Anything planned will be best served with a long-term care and maintenance plan from the start. Thanks for thinking!

On another positive note… Remember to sing the entire “Happy Birthday” song every time you wash your hands.

Whatever the occasion, always wash your hands thoroughly!

Just don’t brush off your common sense.

–PN