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Naperville Park District in the News


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Published in Parks & Recreation Business Magazine
 
Written by: Sameera Luthman
Published in Illinois Parks & Recreation Magazine
 
Written by: Sue Omanson
Published in the Naperville Sun Newspaper

 

 

Local Media Outlets

Naperville Sun – Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald
Positively Naperville
Naperville Patch
Naperville Community Television
Naperville Magazine

Naperville Park District in the Local Media: Recent Articles

Naperville's Paddleboat Quarry closed for 2021
October 3, 2021 | Daily Herald

PARK DISTRICT PADDLEBOAT QUARRY AND SPLASH PADS CLOSE FOR THE SEASON
October 1, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Naperville News Digest: Newly renovated skate park at Frontier ready for use
September 24, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Halloween Events Happening This Year in Naperville
September 24, 2021 | NCTV-17

Naperville Park District Pilot Testing A Solar Powered, Mobile Security Camera System
September 16, 2021 | Patch.com

section logoNaperville News Digest: Splash pads to stay open as long as temps stays warm; park district basketball league signups begin next week;
September 8, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Naperville Riverwalk Turns 40
September 1, 2021 | NCTV-17

Mid-Year Review of Naperville Park District Budget Shows It’s Not Pandemic Proof
August 31, 2021 | NCTV-17

'Moana,' 'Tom &Jerry' To Show Outdoors In Naperville In September
August 30, 2021 | Patch.com

Proposal to return Ribfest to Naperville as a two-day event at Frontier Sports Complex turned down by park board
August 27, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Knoch Knolls Park to gain 40 acres thanks to donation made by Naperville man dedicated to conservation
August 27, 2021 | Naperville Sun

NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES AGREEMENT TO ACCEPT PROPERTY DONATION
August 27, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Parks District: Glen Ekey Senior Amateur Championship Results
August 23, 2021 | Patch.com

 

Naperville Park Board OK's resolution backing DuPage River use
August 13, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Naperville Park District joins push for public access to DuPage River
August 12, 2021 | NCTV-17

NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT CONSIDERS RESOLUTION CONCERNING PUBLIC USE OF DUPAGE RIVER
July 28, 2021 | Positively Naperville

One for the Books: Master woodcarver’s artworks on display at Nichols Library: ‘The fun of it has always been finding my inspiration’
July 27, 2021 | Naperville Sun   (note:  Shelly Weiser leads the drop-in woodcarving group at the Park District)

DuPage River Controversy Sparks Naperville Park Board Discussion
July 23, 2021 | NCTV-17

Naperville Park District to dedicate Chuck Papanos Honorary Garden July 30
July 22, 2021 | Daily Herald

Visit Naperville: Splashing around in Naperville
July 8, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Special Olympics Illinois to bring event to Springbrook Golf Course
July 8, 2021 | Patch.com

Special Olympics events being held at Springbrook
July 8, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Bezaire recipient of this year's White scholarship
July 7, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Walk On! In Memory of Chuck Papanos is Set for July 30
July 6, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Mayor, Park Officials Voice Support To Tornado Victims At ‘Concerts In Your Park
June 28, 2021 | NCTV-17

Sunday's Concert Still On Near Tornado Damaged Area
June 25, 2021 | NCTV-17

Reindeer Road holiday lights idea rejected by park board
June 15, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Naperville Park District Family Campout 
June 13, 2021 | NCTV-17

Concerts in Your Park and Children's Lunch Hour Entertainment Schedules for Summer 2021
June 10, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District free summer concerts begin June 13
June 9, 2021 | Daily Herald

First Annual "Walk On" in memory of Park Manager Chuck Papanos
June 7, 2021 | NCTV-17

Frontier Kite Fly is Back This Year
June 6, 2021 | NCTV-17

Crowds flock to Naperville's Centennial Beach for a little heat relief
June 4, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Repairs to Moser Tower
June 3, 2021 | Daily Herald

95th Street Farmers Market is Back
June 3, 2021 | NCTV-17

Naperville Park District welcomes seniors back
June 3, 2021 | Daily Herald

Weekly farmers market to open Thursday in south Naperville
June 2, 2021 | Daily Herald

Naperville Park District Senior Programs Resume June 7
June 2, 2021 | Patch.com

Frontier Kite Fly set for June 6 in Naperville
June 1, 2021 | Daily Herald

95th Street Farmers Market Opens June 3
June 1, 2021 | Fox Valley Magazine

Two Naperville Farmers Markets Return This Year
June 1, 2021 | NCTV-17

Centennial Beach reopens after a year
May 29, 2021 | NCTV-17

Naperville Park District Police Officer honored for using defibrillator to save life of a person with no pulse
May 28, 2021 | Naperville Sun

More than a dozen vendors and two food trucks part of the lineup at the 95th Street Farmers Market, opening Thursday
May 28, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Public meetings welcome regular review from residents
May 25, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Fort Hill Activity Center Wellness Series presents 'Parkinson's Disease' May 26
May 19, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Live Rodgers And Hammerstein Tunes Coming To Naperville Park
May 19, 2021 | Patch.com

Naperville park officials are ‘smack-dab in the middle’ over a dilemma about new CDC face mask rules
May 16, 2021 | Naperville Sun

3 moms with young kids elected to the Naperville Park Board
April 8, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Naperville Park District launches "Park It in Naperville" campaign
April 7, 2021 | Positively Naperville

3 women lead in race for 4 seats on Naperville Park Board
April 6, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Park District launches "Park It in Naperville" campaign
April 6, 2021 | NCTV-17

Naperville Park District summer camps guide now available online
April 5, 2021 | Daily Herald

Naperville Park District summer camps guide now available online
April 5, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District summer camps guide now available online
April 5, 2021 | Patch.com

Candidates for Naperville Park District offer vision for upcoming master plan
March 31, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Gold Star Families memorial draws closer at Naperville's Veterans Park with potential $10,000 from Park District
March 30, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Park District offers outdoor fitness, wildflower walks and garden tours
March 30, 2021 | Daily Herald

DuPage Birding Club shares birding tips in new podcast
March 20, 2021 | Daily Herald

Controlled burns planned
March 20, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Park District offers spring events, virtual programs and spring break camps
March 18, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Park District to conduct seasonal controlled burns
March 17, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Park District to conduct seasonal controlled burns
March 16, 2021 | Patch.com

Junior Golfapalooza set for April 17 at Springbrook Golf Course
March 16, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Junior Golfapalooza set for April 17 at Springbrook Golf Course
March 15, 2021 | Daily Herald

Park District Board Previews 2021 Capital Projects
February 26, 2021 | NCTV-17

Admission would be charged if Manchester light show moves to Naperville park
February 19, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Organizers of the Manchester holiday light show want to move their extravaganza to Naperville Park location
February 16, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Park District's Officer David White Scholarship Applications Open
February 14, 2021 | NCTV-17

Naperville Park District recognized by Versiti Blood Centers
February 13, 2021 | Patch.com

Naperville Park District seeks applications for the 2021 Officer David White Scholarship
February 12, 2021 | Daily Herald

Naperville Park District recognized by Versiti Blood Centers for 2020 Blood Drives
February 12, 2021 | Daily Herald

Applications open for the 2021 David White Scholarship
February 12, 2021 | Patch.com

2021 PGA Junior League Golf at Springbrook and Naperbrook
February 11, 2021 | Patch.com

Get to know candidates running in 2021 consolidated election to serve Naperville
February 9, 2021 | Positively Naperville

$4M in park budget cuts, staff layoffs in 2020 hurt, but new year's looking brighter, officials say
February 5, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Park District offers senior tax filing assistance in modified form
February 3, 2021 | Daily Herald

Park District offers senior tax assistance in modified form
February 3, 2021 | Patch.com

Park District to spend $45,000 to replace flagpoles and lights at Naperville's Veterans Park
February 3, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Naperville Park District board to resume in-person meetings February 11
February 2, 2021 | Patch.com

2021 State of the Naperville Park District address
February 2, 2021 | NCTV-17

Naperville Park District to begin renovations at Veterans Park
February 2, 2021 | Daily Herald

Knoch Knolls Nature Center now open Saturdays
February 1, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Park District partners with Versiti to host community blood drives
February 1, 2021 | Daily Herald

2021 State of the Naperville Park District address now available on ParTalk podcast
February 1, 2021 | Daily Herald

2021 State of the Naperville Park District address now available
February 1, 2021 | Patch.com

Knoch Knolls Nature Center Reopens
February 1, 2021 | NCTV-17

Knoch Knolls Nature Center to reopen on Saturdays
January 29, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Sacrifice of families who lost loved ones in war to be honored with new Naperville memorial
January 29, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Park District calls for Pritzker veto of HB3653
January 29, 2021 | NCTV-17

Park District board approves resolution urging governor's veto of HB3653
January 29, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Park board approves resolution urging governor to veto police reform bill
January 29, 2021 | Daily Herald

Park board calls for governor to veto criminal justice bill
January 29, 2021 | Naperville Sun

95th Street Community Plaza Wins Outstanding Park Award
January 28, 2021 | Patch.com

Naperville Park District's 95th Street Community Plaza receives state award
January 28, 2021 | Daily Herald

Park District honored with two awards
January 28, 2021 | NCTV-17

Park district receives DuPage Monarch Project Award
January 28, 2021 | Naperville Sun

Winter nature activities offered through Knoch Knolls Nature Center
January 25, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Winter nature activities offered through Naperville's Knoch Knolls Nature Center
January 22, 2021 | Daily Herald

Naperville's Knoch Knolls Nature Center offers winter activities
January 23, 2021 | Patch.com

Red and green flags signify if ice rinks are open or closed
January 21, 2021 | Positively Naperville

New flags at Naperville Park District ice rinks signal rink status
January 20, 2021 | Daily Herald
Naperville Park District receives Monarch award
January 19, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Thirty-nine candidates file to run in Naperville consolidated election on April 6, 2021
January 17, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Naperville outdoor concerts planned for 2021; no online voting
January 14, 2021 | Patch.com

Naperville Park District plans summer outdoor concerts; no voting this year
January 13, 2021 | Daily Herald

Fire Department, Park District encourage winter ice safety
January 6, 2021 | Positively Naperville

Naperville outdoor skating rinks are open, but check status before you go
January 3, 2021 | Daily Herald

No shortage of news or drama in 2020
December 31, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Naperville sledding hils, rinks closed until weather colder
December 29, 2020 | Patch.com

Remembering suburban leaders who passed away in 2020
December 29, 2020 | Daily Herald

Blood drive, Carillon concert - This Week in Naperville 
December 26, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Sled hills and ice rinks ready to open
December 26, 2020 | NCTV

Blood donations
December 23, 2020 | NCTV

Suburbs can accomodate your wish to ski, snowboard
December 23, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Sandoval honored for bringing esports to park district
December 23, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Who's running for the Naperville Park District Board of Commisisoners?
December 22, 2020 | NCTV

Chicago suburbs offer opportunities for outdoor ice skating, hiking
December 22, 2020 | Aurora Beacon News

UPDATE FEATURES 39 LOCAL CANDIDATES RUNNING IN APRIL 2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
December 22, 2020 | Positively Naperville

5 things to do in Naperville and the Fox Valley for New Year's Eve
December 18, 2020 | Naperville Sun

How to Properly Recycle Holiday Lights
December 10, 2020 | NCTV

Park District continues partnership with Versiti to host blood drives
December 9, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District partners with Versity to host blood drives
December 8, 2020 | Daily Herald

Naperville Park District Police welcomes donations for 2020 Toys for Tots
December 5, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Meet Santa at Santa's Workshop
December 4, 2020 | NCTV

Kiwanis Club of Naperville Supports Project One Day
December 1, 2020 | Daily Herald

Monument honoring Gold Star families being planned for Naperville's Veterans Park
November 25, 2020 | Naperville Sun

2020 Turkey Shoot continues tradition at Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Course, with modifications 
November 24, 2020 | Daily Herald

Santa to set up shop in Naperville’s Riverwalk Cafe, and will use ‘North Pole technology’ to talk to kids
November 20, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Santa's Naperville Workshop is set to open in Riverwalk Cafe
November 20, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District announces COVID-19 Tier 3 impacts
November 20, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Ready for update? Candidates for 2021 municipal elections are off and running
November 19, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Park District adjusts for Tier 3
November 19, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Community Christmas Meal for Seniors and Families in Need
November 19, 2020 | Patch.com

Naperville Park District adjusts, looks ahead to 2021
November 18, 2020 | NCTV

Record turnout at Naperville Parks 2020 Pumpkin Smash
November 10, 2020 | Patch.com

14,529 lbs. of pumpkins to be composted from Pumpkin Smash
November 10, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Pumpkin Smash at Ron Ory Community Garden Plots
November 8, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Pennies for Pies Goes Online
November 6, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Naperville Park District board to conduct virtual meetings beginning November 12
November 5, 2020 | Patch.com

Halloween Nights Lights turns Centennial Beach into a spooky sight
October 31, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Free assistance with Medicare open enrollment now available; ends Dec. 7
October 27, 2020 | Patch.com

Former Naperville parks director remembered as 'iconic figure'
October 27, 2020 | Daily Herald

Glen Ekey could be called 'Everyone's friend for Naperville'
October 27, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Remembering Naperville's Glen Ekey
October 23, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Today we're remembering Glen Ekey
October 23, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Wolf's Crossing Community Park in Naperville 'substantially complete'
October 23, 2020 | Daily Herald

Riverwalk Master Plan gets support from Naperville Council
October 22, 2020 | Daily Herald

Naperville News Digets: New Wolf's Crossing Park opens Saturday; park police seeking Toys for Tots donations
October 22, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Naperville Park District Police welcomes donations for 2020 Toys for Tots
October 18, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District to host fall blood drives
October 18, 2020 | Patch.com

Ron Ory Community Garden Plot valuneteers harvest donations for Loaves & Fishes
October 18, 2020 | Positively Naperville
Turkey Shoot
October 18, 2020 | Naperville Magazine

Garden Plot Volunteers Harvest Donations for Loaves & Fishes
October 17, 2020 | Patch.com

How the pandemic reinvigorated suburban golf
October 17, 2020 | Daily Herald

Blood Drive
October 16, 2020 | Naperville Magazine

You be the judge — was an otter swimming in Naperville’s
paddleboat quarry or just a beaver?

October 14, 2020 | Naperville Sun

2020 Springbrook Golf Course Fall Scramble Results
October 15, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Fall Scramble Results at Springbrook Golf Course
October 13, 2020 | Patch.com

Spotlight: Don Gingold
October 4, 2020 | Naperville Magazine

Gardening Season to End Oct. 12; Pumpkin Smash Set for Nov. 7 
October 2, 2020 | Patch.com

Naperville Park District credits pandemic for record-setting year for golf and watercraft rentals
October 2, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Gardening Season to End Oct. 12; Pumpkin Smash Set for Nov. 7
October 2, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Five Autumnal Day Trips for Misanthropes
September 29, 2020 | Chicago Magazine


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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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We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
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Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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