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Park District Tentatively Plans to Open Centennial Beach Father’s Day Weekend

In a typical year, Centennial Beach opens to the public the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. However, this year, with the governor’s current stay at home order in effect, the Naperville Park District has pushed back its opening date by four weeks.

“There are too many variables right now in light of the COVID-19 pandemic for us to reasonably say that it will be business as usual come Memorial Day weekend,” explained Ray McGury, executive director of the Naperville Park District. “Our primary focus at the beach is about safety and this current situation just adds another layer of safety-related concerns to be addressed.”

The June 20 opening date provides the Park District with the opportunity to gather additional information or guidelines from public health organizations regarding aquatics operations for the summer season.

The Park District continues to move forward with the hiring of staff for the facility, including lifeguards, swim lesson instructors and guest services attendants. Parks staff members, who normally begin working on maintenance procedures in March to get the facility ready for its late May opening, have deferred this process to later this month. There is annual required cleaning and maintenance that needs to be performed even though it’s possible that the facility could remain closed for the season. Centennial Beach staff training, which typically begins in April, will be postponed until late May.

For more information on the status of the 2020 Centennial Beach season, please watch and the Park District’s COVID-19 webpage at where regular updates are posted regarding Park District facility operations and programs/events.


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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.

Our Mission
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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