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A Message from the Executive Director - Summer 2020

Dear Friends of the Naperville Park District:

I have some good news! Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had glimpses of the summer weather to come, with warm, sunny days beckoning people to be outside—and we are getting ready to help with that!  We all need to take a break, get outdoors and move around to help promote our mental and physical well-being; but that being said, everyone needs to continue to follow the guidelines for protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 when you go outdoors:

  • As of May 1, wearing masks in public is required per the governor’s state order when you cannot maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more. They are not required for running or biking if you can maintain a proper distance.
  • Group gatherings of more than 10 people continue to be prohibited.
  • In groups of 10 or less, individuals must practice social distancing, staying a minimum of six feet away from others and wearing masks if this is not possible.
  • Regarding Park District properties, playgrounds, basketball courts and disc golf remain closed.

Within those guidelines, I am pleased to announce that some of our facilities are going to reopen conditioned upon the public’s compliance and with very specific operational requirements. These facilities include:

  • Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses
  • Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts across the community
  • Ron Ory Community Garden Plots

I hope that those of you who are interested in visiting these facilities enjoy them (we have worked hard to get them ready for you) and I hope that time spent there will promote some sense of normalcy. However, please note that the availability of these facilities is conditioned upon participants continuing to follow the rules and practices put in place to keep us all safe. If we find that people are being reckless and not following the social distancing guidelines and the other rules posted at these facilities—that they are putting each other and the public in danger--then we will have to close the facilities again.

At the same time, we recognize that not everyone can or desires to use these facilities.  Accordingly, the Park District staff is also working hard to develop a wide variety of virtual programs for all ages that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. You’ve seen some original and curated content on napervilleparks.org/NaperParks2You. What’s coming to you on May 11 is some fantastic programming for the summer season to get you moving, being creative and feeling good. I hope you’ll check it out on our website at napervilleparks.org.

I appreciate everyone who is doing what they can to do the right thing and help us move past this tenuous time in our lives. Things will get better – of that I am confident – and the Naperville Park District eagerly looks forward to welcoming you back to ALL of the fantastic facilities, programs, events and services we proudly deliver.   


Be Well,

Ray McGury

Executive Director & Acting Chief of Park Police

Naperville Park District


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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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