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95th Street Community Plaza Groundbreaking Set for May 22

The community is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of the 95th Street Community Plaza on Wednesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. The groundbreaking will take place at the south end of the 95th Street Library parking lot, located at 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, which borders Frontier Sports Complex.

This project, led by the Naperville Park District, will create a new recreational campus at Frontier Sports Complex that will connect to the 95th Street Library, Neuqua Valley High School and the Birkett Freshman Center. Features planned for the two-acre project include a band shell and performance lawn, a playground, a splash pad, native plant restoration along the pond shoreline, several plazas, seating areas, shade structures, connecting walkways, restrooms and a parking lot.

First envisioned by the 95th Street Library Manager Karen Dunford and then designed in collaboration with Hitchcock Design Group, the project will provide a beautiful outdoor gathering place for a wide range of activities for the community.

“We’re excited to see this project get underway,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “We will have space for informal gatherings, concerts, outdoor classes, picnics, children’s play, and even a place to cool off and play in the splash pad that will open in summer 2020.”

The $3.6 million project is being funded, in part, by cash-in-lieu fees and a donation from Pulte Homes in collaboration with the Wagner family.

At the May 22 event, dignitaries and representatives of the organizations involved in the project will speak, including Park Board President Mike Reilly, Mayor Steve Chirico and others, followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking. Attendees are invited to a reception at the library after the groundbreaking. In the event of inclement weather, the entire event will be held inside the library.

For more information about the 95th Street Community Plaza project, visit


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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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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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