ParkTalk Podcast
ParkTalk Blog
  • 630-848-5000
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Participation Guidelines. More information regarding the District’s response can be found here

Country Lakes Park Play Day Set for May 12

Families are invited to a community Play Day at the Country Lakes Park playground from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. The playground, renovated in 2017, is designed for cooperative play among children of all abilities. Staff from Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) will be on site offering ideas and activities for inclusive play and demonstrating fun ways to use the new play equipment. Naperville Park District representatives also will attend.

Country Lakes Park, located at 736 Genesee Drive, is a 30-acre park serving the northwest area of Naperville. In addition to the renovated playground, the park includes an existing ball field, a multi-use trail, a sled hill, basketball courts, an open field, a wetland area and a parking lot.

The renovation of the playground at Country Lakes Park was supported, in part, by a Healthy Play Action Grant in the amount of $60,000 from GameTime, awarded in partnership with their parent company, PlayCore, and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. The playground has been designated as a national demonstration site for inclusive play.

The equipment was chosen based on  7 principles of inclusive playground design, identified by PlayCore and Utah State University from research in child development. The play environment is designed to be:

1. Fair – allowing everyone to participate equitably with siblings, caregivers and friends

2. Inclusive – supporting participation of individuals of diverse abilities and ages

3. Easy to understand – allowing kids to be successful and gain confidence through play

4. Promoting independence – supporting play at each developmental level and in multiple sensory modes

5. Safe – following current safety standards yet allowing kids to take appropriate risks

6. Active – supporting active participation in physical and social play

7. Comfortable – usable for individuals with diverse sensory needs, body size, posture, mobility and motor control

Features such as the Arch Swing give children a variety of ways to play actively or to enjoy a few moments of calming motion.


Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at


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.
© 2020 Naperville Park District