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Knoch Park Ribbon Cutting Set for September 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Naperville Park District and School District 203 partnered to improve athletic fields and courts

 Naperville Park District will officially open the newly renovated park with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The following individuals are listed as speakers at the event:

  • Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury – emcee
  • Naperville Park District Board President Mike Reilly
  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board President Kristin Fitzgerald
  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges        

 Over the past two years, the Park District and School District 203 worked together to plan and complete several improvements, including a varsity girls’ softball field, a synthetic turf athletic field, four pickleball courts, sports lighting, walkways, landscaping and a circle driveway.

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The event begins at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. The ribbon cutting will be held at Knoch Park, located at 724 S. West Street. The ceremony will take place on or near the sidewalk southwest of the new circle drive. Limited parking is available at Knoch Central Maintenance Facility, located at 427 W. Martin Ave., with additional on-street parking along Martin Ave., at Naperville Central High School and at the Knoch Park parking lot located south of Martin Avenue along West Street.


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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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