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2020 State of the Park District Podcast Now Available

The Naperville Park District’s “2020 State of the Park District” podcast series is now available at www.napervilleparks.org/podcasts . The audio show features interviews with Park Board President Rich Janor, Executive Director Ray McGury and other staff leaders who provide insights into Park District projects, accomplishments and what the District is planning for 2020.

The State of the Park District podcast series is published in six episodes, beginning with an introduction by Park Board President Rich Janor and Executive Director Ray McGury who discuss the theme of this year’s series, which is “Partnerships and Progress.”  The podcast host, Sameera Luthman, Director of Marketing and Communications, interviews key Park District staff to share their first-hand knowledge of the following topics:

  • The “Big Three Projects” for 2020
  • An update on the Sustainable Parks initiative
  • Upcoming golf course renovations
  • The challenges of exceptional growth in recreation participation
  • The 2020 sportsmanship initiative
  • Employment opportunities and staffing plans
  • New technology at the Park District
  • Mail bag questions answered by Ray McGury

ParkTalk podcast is available at www.napervilleparks.org/podcasts, on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio. In addition to the State of the Park District series, ParkTalk podcast has published episodes on a variety of topics from emerging sports to senior activities and more.


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Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

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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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To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
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