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2019 State of the Park District Podcast Now Available

Now in its second year, Naperville Park District’s ParkTalk podcast has released the “2019 State of the Park District” podcast series, available at . The audio show features interviews with Park Board President Mike Reilly, Executive Director Ray McGury and other staff leaders who provide insights into Park District projects, accomplishments and what’s new in 2019.

The State of the Park District podcast series is published in six episodes, beginning with an introduction by Park Board President Mike Reilly and Executive Director Ray McGury who discuss the theme of connecting the community. The podcast host, Sameera Luthman, Director of Marketing and Communications, interviews key Park District staff to share their first-hand knowledge of the following topics:

  • 2019 capital projects
  • The new golf master plan
  • Environmental sustainability in our parks
  • Growth of Fort Hill Activity Center programs and use
  • Pickleball as an emerging sport
  • Employment opportunities and staffing plans
  • New technology at the Park District
  • Community partnerships and the new programs and facilities they support

“We are happy to be able to use a podcast, which is accessible and low cost, to provide useful, timely information to our community,” said Executive Director Ray McGury.

ParkTalk podcast is available at, on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music. In addition to the State of the Park District series, ParkTalk podcast has published episodes on a variety of topics from emerging sports to senior activities and more.


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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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