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Inaugural Chicago Metro Pickleball Tournament Coming to Nike Sports Complex July 16-21

Chicagoland’s first major pickleball tournament, the 2019 Chicago Pickleball Open, is coming to Naperville Park District’s Nike Sports Complex July 16-21, 2019. Chicago Metro Pickleball chose the Nike location to host the regional event, which will take place at the park’s new, dedicated pickleball courts and the adjacent tennis courts, which will be lined to accommodate pickleball matches.

The tournament is open to interested players, both amateur (levels 3.0 to 4.5) and professional, with a $25,000 purse for the pro and senior pro events.  Age levels include juniors, adults and seniors and events include mens and womens singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. Players can register at

“Pickleball is catching on quickly in Naperville, and this tournament is a great opportunity to grow the sport even more,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation. “The community is invited to view the matches, which will include some of the highest ranked players in the country. In addition, there will be a free introductory clinic on July 17 followed by a demonstration by pickleball pros.”

Chicago Metro Pickleball is planning a “Dunk the Pro” fundraiser with proceeds going toward pickleball equipment for the local schools. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the tournament will benefit pickleball and tennis programs and facilities at the Park District.

To prepare for and host the tournament, the Park District will need to close the pickleball and tennis courts at Nike Sports Complex from July 15-21. Other outdoor pickleball courts (located on tennis courts that are also lined for pickleball) are available at DuPage River Sports Complex, at 2807 S. Washington Street, Ranchview Park, at 1727 Ranchview Drive, and Ashbury Park at 1740 Conan Doyle Road.  Outdoor courts are free to Naperville residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Indoor pickleball play is offered at open gyms at Fort Hill Activity Center. Visit for the current open gym schedule.

For an overview of the tournament and to learn more about the sport of pickleball, listen to the ParkTalk podcast episode with guest Ken Herrmann, executive director, Chicago Metro Pickleball and Co- Tournament Director for the 2019 Chicago Pickleball Open at

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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.

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