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Naperville Park District Winter Weather Program Cancellation & Facility Closure Procedure

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If either Naperville Community Unit School District 203 or Indian Prairie School District 204 is closed due to winter weather, all Naperville Park District programs scheduled prior to 3:00 p.m. will be cancelled.  The cancellation includes all scheduled classes, drop-in programs, Fort Hill Activity Center childcare, and group fitness classes. Program cancellations due to winter weather will be posted on the Weather Cancellations & Closures page of the Park District website.  For programs occurring after 3:00 p.m. please check the website after 2:00 p.m. for updated information.

If either School District 203 or 204 implement a late start due to winter weather, Naperville Park District Preschool classes will be cancelled for the day.  The cancellation of any additional programs will be dependent upon weather conditions and facility accessibility.

On non-school days or during after school hours the park district will monitor weather conditions and facility accessibility to determine if programs will meet.

Cold Temperatures

Outdoor activities may be modified or cancelled by the Naperville Park District due to cold temperatures.  Participants in programs that meet outdoors during cold temperatures should wear:

  • a hat
  • a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
  • sleeves that are snug at the wrist
  • mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
  • water-resistant coat and boots
  • several layers of loose-fitting clothing

The following guidelines will be used to determine the modification of activities. 


Wind Chill of 15 to 30 degrees – Parents and Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for weather conditions using clothing suggested above.  Programs may be modified to reduce the length of outdoor activities.


Wind Chill of 0 to 14 degrees – Parents and Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for weather conditions using clothing suggested above.  Programs may be modified to reduce the length of outdoor activities.  Programs will be moved indoors if an indoor option is available.


Wind Chill below 0 degrees – Programs will be moved indoors if an indoor option is available.  All other outdoor activities may be cancelled.

The above are merely guidelines and participants and parents of participants have the ultimate responsibility to make decisions regarding participation in an outdoor activity based on weather conditions.  All temperatures noted above are in degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Facilities

The closure of park district facilities will be dependent upon weather conditions and facility accessibility.  Facility closures due to winter weather will be posted on the Weather Cancellations & Closures page of the Park District website.

​Sled Hills

Sled hills are open for use when the soil is frozen with a minimum of 2 inches of snow and no visible grass.
The following hills are located in neighborhood parks and close at dusk.
- Arrowhead Park, 711 Iroquois Avenue
- Brook Crossings, 1015 95th Street
- Country Lakes Park, 1835 North Aurora Road
- Gartner Park, 524 W Gartner Road
- May Watts Park, 804 S. Whispering Hills Drive
- Rotary Hill,  440 Aurora Ave.

 

Riverwalk Sled Hill at Rotary Hill
There is great sledding right on the Naperville Riverwalk. The provides fun for the entire family. Sledders should bring their own inner tubes or plastic sleds. Wooden sleds and metal-runner sleds are not permitted. The closes at 9:00 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it remains open until 10:00 p.m.

Ice Rinks
A stretch of cold weather provided the conditions needed for Naperville Park District to open its outdoor skating areas at Centennial Park and Nike Sports Complex on Thursday, Jan. 24.  Other skating areas are expected to be open for the weekend of Jan. 26-27, weather permitting.

The following ice rinks are lighted and open until 10:00 p.m.
- Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Avenue
- Commissioners Park, 3704 111th Street
- Nike Sports Complex, 288 W. Diehl

The following ice rinks are not lighted and close at dusk
- Meadow Glens 1303 Muirhead Avenue
- Gartner Park 524 W. Gartner Road
- Rotary Hill 440 Aurora Ave.

To Check the Status of Skating Areas

·         Call the Rainout Line number at 630-883-4242

·         Visit napervilleparks.org/cancellations

·         Opt in to receive email updates

·         Opt in to receive text updates

·         Download the free smart phone app


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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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