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Green Initiatives


In 2009, the Naperville Park District formed an employee Green Team with a mission to identify, implement, and track environmental initiatives that are aligned with the Park District’s mission.
 
Naperville Park District Environmental Policy
As part of our national accreditation process in 2011, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners approved an Environmental Policy that sets priorities for environmental stewardship.
 
 
 
LEED Certified Green Buildings
Knoch Knolls Nature Center – A LEED Platinum Certified Facility
Have a group that wants to tour the facility? Contact the Nature Center manager at 630-864-3962 to register for a free group tour of Knoch Knolls Nature Center's sustainable features.
South Maintenance Facility - A LEED Silver Certified Facility
 
What you can do:
Volunteer in the parks
Participate in Earth Week Naperville 2019 - April 21-28
Adopt a park, field or trail
Protect river wildlife by allowing ducks and geese to feed naturally
Recycle in our Parks:  Look for the blue recycling containers next to the trash containers in our parks. You can recycle plastic, aluminum and glass in the same container. Please keep trash separate. Thanks!
Recycle at Home: Take advantage of the City of Naperville’s recycling drop-off program at the Public Works Facility and at the Hazardous Waste Drop Off Center, both located on Fort Hill Drive in Naperville.

Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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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