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Weather Impacting Naperville Park District Parks and Programs

The constant, heavy rains have impacted the Naperville Park District’s parks and outdoor facilities quite significantly. Beginning with last weekend’s rain/snow mix up through noon on Thursday, May 2, we’ve had nearly 5” of precipitation. Although, according to the forecast, we are due for a 2-3 day break, rain is expected to start up again and continue from early-to-mid-next week. That expectation makes it difficult to forecast when fields will be ready for play, turf will be ready for mowing and trails and Riverwalk paths ready for use.

All parks and athletic fields have been closed to practices and games since Sat., April 27. This is one of the longest closures of parks in recent memory. Staff has been working on scheduling makeup games later in the season. We are evaluating field conditions on a location by location basis as we approach the coming weekend when many activities are scheduled. Daily updates will be communicated via Rainoutline and via the Weather Cancellations tab located on the home page of napervilleparks.org.

Once the consistent and heavy rains subside, the District will evaluate what, if any repairs are needed, in addition to opening up trails and fields once they have been approved for use. Mowing of turf will commence once it’s dry enough and will be accomplished as quickly as possible. However, it’s important to understand that with more than 2,400 total acres of parkland across the District, mowing will take a significant amount of time and effort and we ask for residents’ patience and understanding.


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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.

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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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