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SOLD OUT - Halloween Nights Lights Oct. 29-30

This event is currently sold out. Those who are interested should add their name to the waitlist (wish list) here. If the Park District adds an additional date, we will contact those on the waitlist in the order of registration.

Halloween will look different this year, and Naperville Park District is introducing a new event, Halloween Nights Lights, to celebrate the season in line with current health guidelines and with a twist of family-friendly fun and surprises. Halloween Nights Lights, presented by Woody Buick GMC of Naperville, will take place Thursday and Friday evenings, October 29 and 30 at the parking lot and circle drive at Centennial Beach, located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue.

Participants will enjoy a short drive-through tour of scenes and lights, as the entrance to Centennial Beach is transformed into a world filled with Halloween wonders. Advanced registration is required and due to limited availability, the event is open to Naperville residents only; this is a free event. Registration for this event opens at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7 at When registering, participants will choose one of the available 30-minute time slots and will be limited to one vehicle per family. Themed car games and activities will distributed to each vehicle upon arrival to help pass the time during the wait to view the lights and scenes. Additionally, goody bags will be distributed to children ages 10 and under who are present in each vehicle. Walk-up visits to view the lights and scenery are not permitted.

This event is supported by a number of corporate partners, including presenting sponsor, Woody Buick GMC of Naperville, The Health Doctors, Living Well Dental Group, Rocket Ice, Topgolf, Rose Pest Solutions, Renewal by Andersen, FBC Remodel, Russian School of Mathematics, Aurelio’s Pizza and DuPage Medical Group.

Prior to attending, guests are asked to review the COVID-19 Participation Guidelines for Outdoor Events. For weather cancellation information, visit

The Park District’s traditional event, Halloween Happening, will not take place this year.


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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.

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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