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Naperville Park District Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association of the U. S. and Canada (GFOA) recently informed the Naperville Park District that the District has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award for its 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  This award recognizes organizations that go beyond the minimum requirements of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to prepare a report that communicates clearly with full disclosure.

The District has received the award annually since 1991. Additionally, the District has been assigned an Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investor’s Services since 2008, indicating the continued financial strength and stability of the Naperville Park District.

The District’s Comprehensive Annual Report and Annual Budget, the shorter, more reader-friendly Annual Report and Budget Snapshot, and additional financial documents are available at For more insight into the District’s finances, residents are invited to listen to the recent ParkTalk podcast episode, “District Finances in a Pandemic,” which is part of the annual State of the Naperville Park District series available at An earlier episode, “Financial Experts Share Their Best Practices for Staying on Mission as a Top-Rated Park District,” gives an overview of the District’s financial strategies and best practices. Listen 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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