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Draft of Proposed 2018 Budget

A draft of the Naperville Park District’s proposed 2018 Budget is now available for public review online here and at the Park District Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Ave.  and at the Fort Hill Activity Center at 20 Fort Hill Drive.

The Naperville Park District Board of Park Commissioners will vote on the adoption of the 2018 Budget at the January 25, 2018 meeting.

The proposed budget reflects the District’s commitment to providing excellent parks, facilities and programs at a great value for the community while maintaining fiscal stewardship.

A major component of the proposed 2018 budget is to take care of the parks and facilities that the District has. Capital projects include six playground renovations, field and trail improvements at Frontier Sports Complex, renovation of the Riverwalk Warming House, and renovation of the fishing piers at Commissioners Park and Hobson West Ponds.  On the operations side, the District will proceed with its initiative to use organic products to maintain its playgrounds and 8 designated parks.

The Naperville Park District’s 2018 financial stewardship includes both operational cost reductions and non-tax revenue increases from a variety of sources. Cost savings in park maintenance will come from reducing the number of seasonal staff and from use of energy-efficient vehicles and equipment.  Non-tax revenue increases are anticipated with growth in participation in recreation programs and from sponsorships, advertising and partnerships.

“The Park District continues to give Naperville taxpayers an excellent value for less than 5% of the property tax bill,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “We will maintain a balanced budget, making reductions where necessary and always looking for efficiencies and new partnerships to provide the high quality parks and experiences that our community expects.”

Earlier this fall, the District’s 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U. S. and Canada (GFOA) for excellence in financial reporting. The District has received this award annually since 1991. The District also has maintained Aaa bond rating since 2008.


About the Naperville Park District: Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that enhance the quality of life for our community, including benefits such as community health, environmental education, social connections, and personal growth. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.





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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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