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Park Board Recognizes Park Police for 50 Years of Service

Photo caption:  Dan Young, son of the late William Young, the first Park Police Chief, recalls the early days of Park Police patrols. To his left (L to R) are Lt. Scott Wehrli, Chief Steve Schindlbeck and Lt. Mike Harrington.

At the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners meeting on August 27, Board President Mike Reilly commended the Naperville Park District Police for their community service since their founding 50 years ago. A video story by Naperville Community Television was played during the recognition, and the board later passed a resolution honoring the Park Police on their 50th anniversary. Lt. Scott Wehrli and Lt. Mike Harrington, who have served in the department for 30 years and 29 years, respectively, spoke briefly about the ongoing community service philosophy of Park Police established by its first chief, Bill Young, and the honor it is to assist park visitors with a variety of needs. Additional background and photos highlighting Park Police history can be found in a ParkTalk blog post at https://www.napervilleparks.org/news/parktalkblog/park-police-celebrating-50-years-of-service.

 


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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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