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Park District’s Spring Programs, Facilities Impacted by Extreme Rain

Where late April brought snow to Naperville, late May brought lots of rain, which is presenting a challenge for Naperville Park District staff.

According to current weather reports, May 2018 has surpassed rainfall records with more than 8 inches this month, and surpassing the previous record set in 1945 with just over 7.5 inches of rain.

With what tends to be an already aggressive spring mowing schedule for Park District staff, the extreme rain makes it even more so.

“We’re doing our best to focus on our increased mowing needs and allocating many of our staff to that task,” explained Kevin Finnegan, director of parks. “We ask for our residents’ understanding and patience as we try to play catch-up.”

An obvious challenge for golf is the impact to playable rounds, but the weather impacts course maintenance as well.

“Golf also has struggled with keeping up with mowing, especially in the rough, which can make things a bit more difficult for golfers. Staff has had to adjust schedules to accommodate the heavy growth and missed mowing due to heavier than normal rain,” said Kevin Carlson, superintendent of golf operations. “Fortunately, it seems that weather is the only issue keeping golfers off the course, as when we have favorable weather, participation has been very good.”

Lastly, the recreation area also has been impacted by weather, which has caused the cancellation and rescheduling of many athletic games.

Director of Recreation Brad Wilson, explained, “Our staff has been working diligently to reschedule games for Park District programs and Naperville athletic organizations, which has extended some of the spring sports season. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.”

For Park District staff, the spring season also means that it’s time to work on annual plantings, trimming and other detail landscaping work. However, with staff focused on overcoming mowing challenges, these other tasks will need to be postponed for the time being as staff puts additional time into mowing.

“We realize that our residents have high expectations for our parks and facilities and our staff takes a lot of pride in their work to make these spaces beautiful and enjoyable for our community,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “We appreciate our residents’ patience as we work as quickly as possible to get our parks and facilities back into shape following a month’s worth of significant rain.”


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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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