Above / Be aware of the AED located facing Moser Tower on the west side of the Riverwalk Café, one of ten outdoor locations and 23 indoor locations throughout the Naperville Park District. (PN File Photo)
Over the past 15 years, Naperville Park District has added more than 30 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to its parks and facilities, with the support of grants, donations, partnerships and state purchasing programs to help defray the cost.
AEDs have proven to be effective in saving lives, and with more than 25% of cardiac arrests occurring outside the home, it is important to have AEDs available in public places. According to research reported in an American Heart Association journal in 2018, survival from cardiac arrest doubled when a bystander stepped in to apply an AED before emergency responders arrived.
According to the NPD website, the wall-mounted units “house AEDs securely, are easily recognizable and include a call button to connect a user directly to a Public Safety Answering Point. If the dispatcher determines that the user is in need of the AED, they can release the door remotely from the dispatch center, while simultaneously dispatching Fire, EMS, and Police to the scene.”
Additional information about the AEDs at the Park District is posted on the District’s website at napervilleparks.org/aed.
Currently, in addition to the AEDs in Park Police vehicles and ATVs, there are AEDs at the following park or facility locations:
- 95th Street Center
- Administration Building
- Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center
- Centennial Beach (2)
- Fort Hill Activity Center (2)
- Knoch Knolls Nature Center
- Naperbrook Golf Course Clubhouse
- Naperville Central High School Community Room
- North Maintenance Facility
- Seager Park Interpretive Center
- South Maintenance Facility
- Sportsman’s Park Community Clubhouse
- Springbrook Golf Course Clubhouse
- Visitors Center at the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower
As part of its 2023 capital projects, the Park District plans to install an AED on the east side of Frontier Sports Complex at the restroom building near the new pickleball courts and another AED at DuPage River Sports Complex.