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Naperville Park District Board Approves Resolution Urging Governor’s Veto of HB3653

At its January 28, 2021 meeting, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution 21-01 “Regarding HB 3653 (Criminal Justice Reform Bill) Disapproving of the Legislative Process and Recommending Governor Pritzker’s Veto.”

Commissioners recognized the merit in the national conversation on policing and recognized the unique contributions of the Park District Police.  The Commissioners discussed their concerns about the immediate impact of the legislation on the District’s officers to keep patrons of the various park facilities safe.  The Board of Commissioners was particularly concerned that not enough time has been allowed for training of Park Police to implement the directives of the new law before various parts of the legislation would—if not vetoed—take effect on July 1, 2021.

The Resolution further directs the new 102nd General Assembly “to work collaboratively with interested parties on a criminal justice reform bill that will be subject to a fair and transparent legislative process and that will create a realistic opportunity to train law enforcement personnel on the new requirements.”


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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.

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