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Naperville Households Invited to Join “Packets Up! Safety Challenge”

Naperville was recently selected to launch the “Packets Up! Safety Challenge” – part of the American Cleaning Institute’s long-running national Packets Up! child safety campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to help put laundry safety at the forefront for busy parents and caregivers—specifically, to remind families to place liquid laundry packets and cleaners up and out of the reach of children.

The Challenge asks Naperville-area families to snap a photo of their safely stored laundry packets and cleaning products and post the photo through the form here, or to their public Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account with the hashtag #PacketsUp. The goal of the Challenge is for 750 or more participants to post photos by November 16, 2018. If that goal is reached, Naperville Park District will receive a $10,000 donation toward the 95th Street Community Plaza, a project supported in partnership with the Naperville Public Library and Indian Prairie School District 204.  Additionally, one participant will win a state-of-the-art washer and dryer set (value of $2,000).

The American Cleaning Institute represents companies in the cleaning product industry and is committed to educating families about how to stay safe when using cleaning products.

“Naperville is already recognized nationally for putting family health and safety at the forefront of our community.  The American Cleaning Institute brought the Challenge to us because it believes our collective community will come together to demonstrate the Packets Up child safety message through real action,” explained Director of Marketing Sameera Luthman. “Packets Up participation is easy, and we hope that everyone will support the Challenge by posting photos of the safe storage of their laundry products and spread the word so that we can succeed in winning the $10,000 donation for our community.”


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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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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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