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Welcome Spring with Special Events and Programs at the Naperville Park District

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The Naperville Park District offers a lineup of special events and programs in late March, April and May for a variety of ages and interests.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center will host two Wildflower Walks for ages 16 and up. Led by a naturalist, participants will get an up-close view of different woodland flowers at Knoch Knolls Park. Walks are scheduled on Wednesday, April 24 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. The program is free but registration is required.

Beginning April 3, the Park District will offer weekly Gardening Workshops for ages 18 and up designed to teach the basics of gardening. All workshops meet at Sportsman’s Park Community Clubhouse at 735 S. West St. on Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00. The April 3 and 17 sessions cover basic gardening and the April 10 and 24 sessions focus on organic gardening. For both topics, the second workshop will repeat the content of the first workshop. In addition, the Park District is offering a tour of the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots with an overview of the garden plot program and an opportunity to ask questions. Tours are offered at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday March 30 and April 4. The tours and workshops are free but registration is required.

Between April 13 and April 20 kids can participate in a variety of egg hunts.

On Saturday, April 13 the Park District will host the 8th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza, a registration-only event for children ages 2-5 that takes place at Seager Park and includes an egg hunt, pictures with the bunny, crafts, and snacks. This popular event still has openings for the 9:00 session. The cost is $16 for Naperville residents and $23 for nonresidents. Spring Egg-stravaganza is sponsored by Smallcakes.

The Flashlight Egg Hunt returns on Thursday, April 18 from 7:30-8:15 p.m. for kids ages 9-13 at Knoch Knolls Park Picnic Grove. Preregistration is required and may be completed online at www.napervilleparks.org.  The cost is $11 for Naperville residents and $16 for nonresidents and includes prizes and refreshments. This event is sponsored by Rocket Ice.

Frontier Sports Complex will host the 38th annual Jaycee Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 1-8 on Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Parents are advised to arrive early, as the eggs disappear quickly. This event is free and requires no registration. The Jaycees will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items at the event; no glass containers, please. The event will take place at the softball fields located at 3380 Cedar Glade Drive.

The second annual Earth Day Fair will be held at Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Fort Hill Activity Center also is hosting a free Shredding Event from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on April 27. This event is offered in partnership with the Naperville Police Department. For more information about the fair, shredding event and other activities during Earth Week Naperville, visit www.napervilleparks.org/earthweek.

A favorite event for young children, Wonderful World of Wheels, presented by Woody Buick GMC, is coming to Whole Foods Naperville parking lot on Monday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Preschoolers will be able to see, touch and experience familiar community vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks and many more. This is a free event, thanks to several participating community agencies and businesses that bring their vehicles and to our sponsors, including Woody Buick GMC, Whole Foods Market Naperville, Rocket Ice, Texas Roadhouse, College Nannies and Tutors, and Campbell Long.


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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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