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Jaycee Playground at the Riverwalk to be Renovated in Fall 2019

Naperville residents invited to help select equipment online

The Naperville Park District is planning to renovate the Jaycee Playground on the Riverwalk in fall 2019 and invites residents to help select playground equipment by ranking their preferred designs online this spring.

The link showing the playground equipment options is available through Monday, April 15 at Participants can view five different layouts for the playground and rank them according to their preference. Each design was created by a different company based on the same budget. Please note that only one submission per address will be permitted.

Viewing and ranking playground designs online is a new way that Naperville residents can provide feedback to the Park District as playgrounds are being planned. In past years, the District held public meetings, but wanted to let people participate in a more convenient way. So far in 2019 the Park District has offered online ranking for two other playgrounds at neighborhood parks—one at Heatherstone Park and one at Three Meadows Park—and these online evaluations attracted more participants than typically would attend an evening meeting.

The current playground equipment at the Jaycee Playground was installed in 2005 and is in need of replacement due to wear and tear. One of the most popular playgrounds in Naperville, the equipment is used year round by families, preschools, day care centers, and Riverwalk visitors. Located near the Grand Pavilion just west of Centennial Beach, the playground has convenient parking, drinking fountains and restrooms.

Since 1990, when the original Jaycee Playground was established, its purpose has been to provide opportunities for inclusive play for children of all abilities. The 2019 renovated playground will continue this tradition with state-of-the-art equipment that promotes cooperative play.


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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.

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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