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A Message from the Executive Director - Spring 2021

Dear Friends of the Naperville Park District:

As we look forward to spring, especially after experiencing the challenges of this past year, the Naperville Park District once again offers residents many opportunities to enjoy favorite parks and activities as warmer weather returns. Our Spring 2021 Program Guide, now available exclusively online, has something for nearly every age and interest. In addition, this spring, the Park District will officially celebrate the completion of Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, our newest park, located in southwest Naperville at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road. With most of the construction finished in October 2020, parts of the park were able to open last fall. This spring we will open the splash pad for the first time and the turf areas that were seeded last fall will be accessible. To officially celebrate this new space, the Park District will host a simple grand opening ceremony in the afternoon of Thursday, May 20. Additional details will be available on our website later this spring as well as via our e-news and social media channels.

More than ever, we are aware of the health benefits of spending time outdoors in beautiful parks, connecting with others and pursuing recreational activities that refresh, educate and energize. As a public agency serving the Naperville community, the Park District is committed to continuing to provide accessible and affordable recreation experiences for our diverse community. Our Master Plan helps ensure that parks and amenities are planned equitably throughout the geographic regions of the city and our Recreation Programming Plan guides program and activity development to reflect diverse skill levels, abilities, income levels, interests, backgrounds, ages, and genders. Many of our community events are free, thanks to the support of sponsors and volunteers, and for those experiencing financial need, the District offers a Fee Assistance Program to provide recreation programs at no cost.

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park is an example of a park that was developed to serve a variety of needs as communicated by residents. This 33-acre park took shape through a process of community outreach that incorporated ideas from more than 2,000 individuals who attended meetings, completed surveys or provided input via email or by phone. The Park District was able to include in the park plans a splash pad, playground and nature play area requested by families with children, pickleball courts desired by active senior adults, athletic fields to meet the needs of youth and adult sports enthusiasts, a challenge course for teens and young adults, and trails and picnic shelters for all ages. The park is open for everyone’s enjoyment and park amenities are designed to be accessible to all abilities.

Parks provide an ideal space for gatherings, both impromptu and planned. We look forward to seeing parks once again host family and neighborhood picnics, outdoor concerts, camps, sports games and tournaments, fundraisers, volunteer projects and many other cultural events. As our community becomes more diverse, parks can help provide common ground, a sense of community and a place to meet neighbors and make new friends in engaging and attractive surroundings.  

Wishing you a happy and healthy spring!

Be well,

Ray McGury
Executive Director
Naperville Park District


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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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