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Draft of 2018 Master Plan Now Available Online for Public Review

A draft of the 2018 Master Plan may be viewed on the Naperville Park District’s website at through July 2. Residents may send comments to Planner Aileen McEldowney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during this time.

Since the early years following its formation in 1966, the Naperville Park District has been guided by a comprehensive Master Plan that is updated regularly. Each Master Plan is a living document that spans five to ten years.  In 2017 District staff began reviewing the 2012 Master Plan, incorporating feedback from the 2017 Community Interest and Opinion Survey, with the goal of completing the update in 2018.  A public open house to discuss elements of the proposed 2018 update was held Thursday, March 8.  

At its May 24 meeting, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners discussed the most recent draft of the 2018 Master Plan, which is now ready for public comment and review.

As with previous versions of the Master Plan, the 2018 update is based on the mission, vision and core values of the Naperville Park District, its organizational plans,  community surveys, demographic studies of the Naperville area, including the most recent U.S. Census data estimates, and national standards for park and recreation facilities.

Following the public review period, Park District staff will consider feedback and make changes to the plan if necessary. Staff then will bring the 2018 Master Plan to the board for approval in July 2018.



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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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