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Opening Celebration for Pickleball Courts at Nike Sports Complex Sept. 22

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of four new pickleball courts at Nike Sports Complex on Saturday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m. The event will begin with a ribbon cutting, with remarks by Park Board Vice President Rich Janor, followed by an opportunity to watch or play pickleball on the new courts. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Dunkin’ Donuts store at 702 S. Washington St. Those who would like to play are encouraged to bring their paddles and balls.

The event will take place at the new courts, which are located on the north side of the park, just east of the tennis courts. Parking is available at the north entrance at 288 W. Diehl Road or at the west entrance at 1520 N. Mill Street.

Naperville Park District introduced pickleball to the community in the fall of 2012 by painting pickleball lines on one of the tennis courts at DuPage River Sports Complex. Since that time, the sport has grown in popularity, creating a demand for more courts. The District responded by adding pickleball lines to more tennis courts at DuPage River Sports Complex, Ashbury Park and Ranchview Park, resulting in a total of 8 outdoor pickleball courts sharing space with tennis.  When Fort Hill Activity Center opened in 2016 with gymnasium space for indoor pickleball, the weekly pickleball open gyms attracted many players from Naperville and the surrounding area.

With enthusiasm for the sport continuing to grow, the Park District looked for a way to provide outdoor courts dedicated only to pickleball.

“The location just east of the tennis courts at Nike Sports Complex is an ideal place for pickleball courts,” explained Director of Planning Eric Shutes. “We’re excited to offer four courts that are dedicated to pickleball in a park that is accessible, with parking, restrooms, drinking fountains and many other amenities.”


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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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