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Park District’s Jackie Gonzalez Receives Berousek Distinguished Alumni Award

At the annual state park and recreation conference in Chicago on January 25, Western Illinois University (WIU) alumni surprised Naperville Park District’s Aquatic Manager Jackie Gonzalez with a prestigious award. Gonzalez is the recipient of the 2019 Jim Berousek Distinguished Alumni Award given to a park and recreation professional who exemplifies the character, dedication and excellence of Jim Berousek, a WIU alumnus who had a tragically short but impactful career as director of the Wood Dale Park District.

Gonzalez joined Naperville Park District staff in 2018 as aquatic manager, a role that includes managing historic Centennial Beach. Prior to her Naperville position, Gonzalez served as aquatic manager and risk manager at Park Ridge Park District. Throughout her 19-year career, she has been recognized multiple times for her leadership roles in state and national organizations such as the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and the National Park and Recreation Association National Aquatics Network.

According to Diane Stanke, the 2018 Berousek Award winner who presented the 2019 award, Jackie Gonzalez “has many remarkable achievements, such as a 2017 award from the Department of Defense for her relationships with service men and women on her staff, and IPRA Facility Management Section Professional of the Year in 2011 and 2015.”

“Any recognition or award is always great to receive but it’s even better when it comes from an outside organization that sees value in what you do for the community,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “Jackie is the consummate park professional who joins a long list of Naperville Park District employees that have been recognized for their great service and work.  I couldn’t be prouder of Jackie and all our Park District staff.”

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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.
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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