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Park District Plans Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training for Staff on March 10

As an organization that serves a large and diverse community, the Naperville Park District is committed to fostering and maintaining an environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. An important part of fulfilling this commitment is to educate staff about implicit biases and how to overcome them. The District will have Dr. Adrienne Coleman of Candid Conversations Matter conduct a training session for its employees on March 10, 2021.

The goal of the training will be to deepen staff’s understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and to foster an environment that values all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The training exercises will help increase staff’s awareness of privilege/fragility, systemic inequities and a lack of cultural competency and cultural humility, and how these aspects influence their interactions with others at the Park District and within the broader community.

“Being inclusive and fostering a friendly and accepting culture is an important part of who the Naperville Park District is as an organization,” explained Executive Director Ray McGury. “This training is essential to ensure that all of our staff understand and practice this expectation and I’m pleased that Dr. Coleman can help facilitate our learning in that regard.

“Since this is a mandatory training for staff District-wide, please note that service levels and response times for our customers may be impacted between 9:00-11:00 a.m. on March 10 while the training is taking place. We appreciate our participants’ patience and understanding.”


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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.

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We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
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To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
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Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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