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Naperville Park District Awarded DuPage County Water Quality Grant

Grant to support West Branch DuPage River shoreline stabilization at Lincoln Greenway

Naperville Park District has been awarded a $56,460 grant from the DuPage County Water Quality Improvement Program to assist in stabilizing the shoreline of the West Branch DuPage River at Lincoln Greenway, located at 1052 Edgewater Drive.

In a press release issued by DuPage County, Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay said, “We received more grant applications this year than ever before. We’re already seeing water quality and flood control benefits from these types of projects.”

Naperville Park District is one of five grant recipients for the 2019-2020 grant cycle. Other projects include the Village of Bloomingdale’s permeable paver parking lot, the Village of Downers Grove’s St. Joseph Creek stabilization, the Village of Westmont’s detention basin retrofit and Wheaton Park District’s permeable paver parking lot and native plants.

“We are grateful for this grant that will help support the District’s stewardship of the DuPage River, which flows through several of our parks,” said Executive Director Ray McGury.  

The project at Lincoln Greenway will begin this summer. Invasive plants will be removed, and native plants added, along with coir rolls and rock embankments to prevent further erosion of the river bank. The project will restore a diverse, natural habitat along 2,000 feet of the West Branch DuPage River, reducing pollution from sediment and urban runoff and improving water quality and fish habitat.

“This grant award is another example of the decades of leadership from DuPage County Stormwater to improve the water quality in our local streams,” said Brook McDonald, president and CEO of The Conservation Foundation. “The Naperville Park District has always been a reliable partner and deserves this support.”

As the project progresses, updates and information will be posted online at


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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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