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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Millennium Carillon

Early Family Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m.; Traditional Celebration begins at 11:30 p.m.

Naperville Park District invites the community to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Millennium Carillon.

The 2019 Celebration at the Carillon is a free event, with two opportunities to celebrate the New Year, one for the whole family, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and one for those who want to celebrate the New Year at midnight.

At the 5:30 p.m. family event only, the Park District will hand out bells, glow sticks and hot chocolate while supplies last. City Carillonneur Tim Sleep will play festive music of the season, including selections from the movies, “Frozen” and Frozen 2” from 5:30 to 5:50 p.m., followed by a countdown at 6:00 p.m.

At the midnight celebration, Carillonneurs Tim Sleep and Sue Bergren will play duets beginning at 11:30 p.m. At 11:55 p.m. they will play, "Try To Remember" and at midnight the six ton bell, “Big Joe,” will strike 12 times followed by a Royal Peal to welcome the New Year. The program will finish with "Auld Lang Syne" and "The Rejoicing" from “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by G.F.Handel. There will be not be a countdown announced at the midnight celebration.

Both countdowns will take place at the Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower at Rotary Hill,  443 Aurora Ave. Limited parking is available at the top of Rotary Hill or in the Park District Administration Building parking lot. Additional parking is located at Centennial Beach or at the Municipal Center at 400 S. Eagle St. Please note that the entire event is outdoors; participants are encouraged to dress for the weather.


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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.

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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