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Naperville Carillon to Feature Wednesday Concerts and Special Lighting this Spring

The Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower is announcing special concerts and lighting to honor healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic this spring. Local carillonneurs will perform a series of concerts on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon for the month of May, in addition to the regularly scheduled concerts at noon on Saturdays and at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. From April 29 through May 12, Moser Tower will be lighted up blue to honor healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 health crisis.

"Local Carillonneurs will perform 30-minute concerts on the bells of the Millennium Carillon located at the base of Rotary Hill on the Naperville Riverwalk,” explained Naperville City Carillonneur Tim Sleep. “These concerts will feature patriotic selections in addition to traditional carillon pieces.  The 72 bells installed in Moser Tower can easily be heard from multiple locations along the Riverwalk on either side of the DuPage River, which facilitates social distancing.”

In contrast to the summer recitals of past years, the upcoming spring concerts are intended for a dispersed audience, listening as they walk along the Riverwalk. Per current guidelines related to COVID-19, people may not gather in groups on Rotary Hill to listen to the concerts.

The annual Carillon lighting schedule includes blue lights for the first part of April to mark autism awareness and green lights from April 17-28 for Earth Week. The blue lighting planned for April 29-May 12 will replace the white lights typically displayed during that time period.

The summer Carillon concert schedule will continue the Saturday and Sunday concerts that feature local carillonneurs.  The Tuesday evening recital series schedule, which usually includes guest artists from other states and countries, is yet to be determined and will be announced at a later time.


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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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