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Community Invited to Celebrate Four Playground Reopenings Sept. 12-Oct. 3

The Naperville Park District invites the community to four playground celebrations on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning Sept. 12 and ending Oct. 3. Each of the events will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Neighbors are invited to bring their families and friends to participate in a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, enjoy refreshments and giveaways, and explore the new play equipment.

“These renovated playgrounds, along with nearly 70 other playgrounds throughout Naperville, provide outdoor recreation close to home, and are an important part of the Park District’s annual capital projects,” said Director of Planning Eric Shutes. “Residents helped choose the playground pieces, which are designed to be accessible, safe and fun for all kids.”

The Naperville Park District renovated five playgrounds in 2017, including the playground at Country Lakes Park, which is being officially opened on Wednesday, September 6. The District also contributed toward a cooperative playground being renovated by School District 203 at Ranch View Elementary School. Additionally, the Park District is currently constructing a new playground at Atwater Park, a new park located at 1616 Capeside Drive in northwest Naperville.

Dates and locations of the four planned playground reopening celebrations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 5:00 p.m. - Columbia Estates Park, located at 968 Monticello Drive

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 5:00 p.m. – Huntington Ridge Park, located at 1523 Culpepper Drive

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5:00 p.m. – Pembroke Commons, located at 1132 Kenilworth Circle

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5:00 p.m. – Summerfield Lake. The playground entrance is located at the intersection of Stockton Road and Horncastle Lane.

 In the event of inclement weather, the playground celebrations will be rescheduled for the following day. Residents can check the weather cancellations tab for the latest updates at


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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.

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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