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Naperville Park District Awarded $400,000 OSLAD Grant for Southwest Community Park

Naperville Park District has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to assist in development of Southwest Community Park, located at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road.

In a press release issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Governor Pritzker said, “Investments in Illinois’ local parks makes it easier for families and recreation enthusiasts to enjoy our state’s beauty and help their communities thrive.”

Naperville Park District’s project is one of the 89 projects funded by the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant program in 2019. The program is funded from a dedicated percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax. OSLAD funds are matched one-to-one with local funds, creating jobs and enriching the quality of life for communities across the state.

“This grant will help fund the timely development of Southwest Community Park to bring outdoor recreation to the fastest growing area of Naperville,” said Executive Director Ray McGury.

Naperville Park District began seeking community input on the design of the future park in early 2018. Following several public meetings and an online survey, the District incorporated feedback from approximately 2,000 participants to help create a master plan for the park in summer 2018. Features planned for the park include a playground, extensive trails, nature areas, sports fields and courts, the District’s first splash pad, a challenge course and a multi-purpose hill.

The community is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new project this summer. The date of the groundbreaking will be announced later in the spring. Southwest Community Park is located at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road.  Project information updates may be viewed at

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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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