North Central College - Naperville, IL

Gateway Construction Underway

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The Riverwalk Gateway project is on track to be completed by early fall, according to Mike Hudson, assistant vice president for business operations. “Our target is the end of September,” he says.

The Riverwalk Gateway includes a landscaped pathway along the east bank of the West Branch of the DuPage River next to Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. Brick pillars designating the area as an entrance to North Central College will be installed near Fredenhagen Park as part of the project.

During the week of July 16, major grading is underway to the area between Napervile’s Fredenhagen Park to the west and the stadium to the east. Crews are installing bases for the concrete footings at the base of the pillars and the granite pathway along the river.

Funding for the Riverwalk Gateway improvements comes from many sources, including a grant from the State of Illinois’ Independent Colleges Capital Program, the North Central College senior gifts from the classes of 2004 and 2012, and a pledge of $500,000 from James A. Bambule ’63 and Patricia Carole Brady Bambule ’63.

Construction work on the Sesquicentennial Walkway through campus will begin the last week of July. Both projects are part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Legacy Project—which will improve pedestrian access and beautify the campus for the enjoyment of the community.