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Naperville Park District Offers Free Wi-Fi at Key Facilities

Earlier this spring, the Naperville Park District inked an agreement with WOW! and Digital Lobby to provide complimentary Wi-Fi for patrons at several District facilities located across the community, and completed a soft rollout of the service. Park District locations now equipped with Wi-Fi include: Centennial Beach, Centennial Grill, Riverwalk Café, Fort Hill Activity Center and Knoch Knolls Nature Center. Additionally, Wi-Fi services will be added to Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses and Rotary Hill by October 2018.

The project came about as a result of many requests received over time from Park District patrons, particularly those visiting Centennial Beach. Between equipment and service costs, adding Wi-Fi to the seasonal facility was deemed to be very cost-prohibitive.

Omar Sandoval, director of information technology at the Park District, reached out to WOW! – one of the District’s partners – to explore the possibility of making this happen without the need to budget a significant amount for it. Through a partnership with WOW! and Digital Lobby, the Park District developed and finalized a five-year contract to receive free Wi-Fi service and support in exchange for providing advertising space to Digital Lobby’s national and regional partners.

“The complimentary Wi-Fi available is a great addition and a service that I am pleased the District can provide to our patrons,” explained Sandoval. “It also is a way that people can stay connected to the people and things that are important to them when they’re also enjoying recreation time at one of our facilities.”

The District currently is working with Digital Lobby and its advertisers to develop signage for the various facilities that will alert patrons that complimentary Wi-Fi is available in key locations.


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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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