The Warrenville Park District and Lifetime Fitness health club offer many fitness classes that neither require you to be a Warrenville resident nor Lifetime Fitness Club member. Please check out the websites for each facility to refer to program details.
I've tried to list local area running events on the Entertainment calendar. Some of these races require advanced registration. In particular, the Veterans Day race at Cantigny has a cap on registration, and registration for this race will likely fill before race day. See websites for details.
When a three-inch blanket of snow covers Blackwell's Mt. Hoy, snow tubers can take a thrilling ride down the hillside. To check current hill conditions, please call the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's hotline The Outdoor Report at (630) 871-6422. District inner tubes are the only devices that may be used on Mt. Hoy.Tubes are rented on weekends and school holidays from December through February at the base of Mt. Hoy for $4 per tube, per day. Tubing hours are between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with the last tube rental at 3:30 p.m.
All winter sport activities are at the visitor's own risk. Toboggans are prohibited on Mt. Hoy. Snowmobiles are prohibited on DuPage County Forest Preserve property or the protection of wildlife and the safety of all preserve users. The District no longer has a designated area for ice skating. However, preserve visitors may ice skate on any DuPage County forest preserve lake, except at Spring Creek Reservoir Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale. As a guideline, not a rule, at least four inches of ice are recommended for any ice activity. Ice conditions are not monitored by rangers, so all ice-related activities are done at the user's own risk.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to hit the trails in winter. Both activities may be enjoyed in all DuPage preserves, and outdoor trekkers can stride for miles through diverse wildlife habitats and across varied terrain. When conditions permit, trails at the following forest preserves are groomed for classical and skate cross-country skiing techniques: Blackwell in Warrenville, Danada in Wheaton, Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Greene Valley in Naperville, Herrick Lake in Wheaton, Waterfall Glen in Darien, West DuPage Woods in West Chicago and Springbrook Prairie in Naperville. All trail users are asked to take care not to damage tracks that have been set. To hear a trail-conditions report, call the Outdoor Report at (630) 871-6422.
Frozen lakes provide opportunities for ice skaters and anglers. At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for any ice activity. Rangers do not monitor ice thickness, and all ice-related activities are done at the user’s own risk. In addition to regular state and District fishing regulations, each individual is permitted to fish from no more than two ice-fishing holes at one time, and holes may be no more than 10 inches in diameter. Due to water-level issues, ice skating and ice fishing are prohibited at Spring Creek Reservoir Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale.
A sled, some snow and some open space can create fun for young and old alike. Visitors are welcome to sled at their own risk at any forest preserve location unless otherwise posted. Sledding is always prohibited at Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve, the closed landfill sites at Greene Valley and Mallard Lake forest preserves and any slopes at Spring Creek Reservoir Forest Preserve.
Naperville Riverwalk Sled Hill
The Riverwalk Sled Hill provides fun for the entire family. Bring your own inner tube or plastic sled; wooden sleds and metal-runner sleds are not permitted. Parent/adults are responsible for supervising their children under 8 years of age. The hill closes at 9:00 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays when it remains open until 10:00 p.m. The sled hill’s official daily schedule will begin Dec. 1 and continue through Feb. 29, weather permitting.
Naperville Centennial Park Ice Rinks
Located off West Jackson Avenue in Naperville, there are the only Naperville Park District rinks where hockey is permitted. Centennial Park Features two lighted hockey rinks as well as a lighted free-skating area. Skating is permitted from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m. on weekdays; noon until 9:00 p.m. weekends and holidays.