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Naperville Park District & the Y Co-Host 2018 Christmas Lunch

Naperville senior citizens and those in need who may find themselves alone for Christmas this year are invited to the 35th annual Christmas luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, hosted by the Naperville Y and the Naperville Park District.

The Chicago Marriott Naperville, located at 1801 N. Naper Blvd., will host the luncheon. Last year, approximately 160 people attended, enjoying the company of others and a festive meal, served by 40 community volunteers and made possible by generous donors. Special features of the annual event include a sing-along led by pianist Jeanne Ripsky, a visit from Santa coordinated by Naperville Bank and Trust, games of Bingo led by Naperville Park District and centerpieces made by students from School District 204.

“When we see the number of volunteers on Christmas Day and the support from community donors it helps us to remember the true meaning of Christmas,” said Naperville YMCAs Executive Director R. J. Bartels. “The Y feels grateful and blessed to have been part of this special event for more than 30 years.”

This year is the ninth year of the Park District’s involvement with the event.

“The Christmas Luncheon has become a tradition that brings cheer and a sense of community to many who might otherwise be alone,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury.

One of the participants in 2017 echoed that thought in a thank you note to the Y, saying that she appreciates “all the sweet smiles and kind hearts that give so generously of a portion of their holiday. We really loved it!”

Interested seniors and families in need must make reservations by Dec. 17 by calling Polly Rhodes at 630-527-6599 and leaving a message with guests’ names and the total number in their party.


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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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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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