Considered the "crown jewel" of Naperville, the Riverwalk is a place of beauty and tranquility along the West Branch of the DuPage River. It features 1.75 miles of brick paths, fountains, bridges, meeting and event places, outdoor sculpture and artwork, recreational facilities, and celebratory memorials. The Riverwalk is a preferred destination and an ideal place to stroll, unwind and reflect. Come relax and enjoy the scene. The Riverwalk has something for everyone. Best of all, it’s a place to be enjoyed for generations to come.
The Naperville Riverwalk was created in 1981 as a permanent commemorative to honor Naperville’s 150th anniversary. Embraced as a gathering place for all ages, the linear park is a focal point of the community. Its covered bridges, fountains, landscaping and distinctive shepherd’s crook light poles are symbolic of Naperville’s ties to its historic past as the oldest settlement in DuPage County. In the early 1980s, residents donated their time, money and materials to transform a once-forgotten riverfront into a beautiful park that is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
The Riverwalk is highlighted with exceptional amenities along its path. To the east, visitors enjoy the stunning beauty of Fredenhagen Park with its landmark clock tower and Exchange Club Memories Fountain. Midway, the Dandelion Fountain, Paddleboat Quarry and unique bell tower can be found. Further west is historic Centennial Beach – a popular family destination – Centennial Park with its inline skating/skateboarding facility and the Jaycee Playground – an ADA-accessible recreational area.
Photos courtesy of Jo Lundeen.
Riverwalk Survey Results
In honor of the Riverwalk's 35th anniversary this year, the Riverwalk Commission recently issued a survey to receive opinions and feedback about the Riverwalk and its amenities. Answers received will guide future work to improve and maintain the Riverwalk.View the Results
- Visiting the Riverwalk
The Naperville Riverwalk features 1.75 miles of brick paths, fountains, bridges, meeting and event places, outdoor sculpture and artwork, recreational facilities and celebratory memorials. If you are planning a trip to the Riverwalk and are using a GPS device for directions, please use the address at the bottom of this page which will take you to the middle of the Riverwalk.
Also available to visitors is the Riverwalk Brochure (PDF), which includes a description of many of the Riverwalk amenities, a listing of some of the annual events, a brief history of the Riverwalk, contact information, a map and more.
- Legacy Gift Program
The Legacy Gift Program is administered by the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation. The program continues to offer the opportunity to purchase a variety of gifts in the form of bricks, pavers and memorial benches to:
- Honor a friend
- Remember a loved one
- Commemorate a milestone
More information is available on the program page.
- Annual Events
There are many events held on the Riverwalk throughout the year including fundraising walks/runs/triathlons as well as weekly concerts and children's story times. The Park District is responsible for scheduling many of the events, while the Naperville Public Library hosts the children's story times. A tentative schedule is below.
- May - Annual Tulip Bulb Sale
- June-August - Rollin' on the River
- June-August - Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment
- October - Ghost Stories in the Park... in the Dark
- November-December - Santa House
To inquire about scheduling an event on the Riverwalk, email Debbie Kretzmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 995-8916.
- Weddings and Other Events
Yes, it is possible to hold your wedding or event on the Riverwalk. There are three locations that can be reserved for a fee. They include the Grand Pavilion on the west extension, the Millennium Carillon in the Moser Tower and the Riverwalk Amphitheater located on the Southeast corner of Eagle Street and Jackson Avenue.
Photos are allowed on the Riverwalk. No permit is necessary. However, we ask that you keep in mind that the Riverwalk is a public park and to please be courteous of other people who are trying to enjoy its amenities.
Bobby Clinkert proposed to Sarah Kutz at the Jaycee Gazebo in Fredenhagen Park on August 16, 2014. Clearly, she said, "yes!"
[photo courtesy of Bobby Clinkert; used with permission]
For more information about availability and fees, please e-mail the Naperville Park District at email@example.com or call (630) 848-5000.