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5 Ways to Get Involved with Your Park District This Year

1. Keep up with the latest news and updates from the Naperville Park District

2. Get to know your park commissioners and how the board works. 

  • The park board meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.  Members of the community are always welcome to attend. Videos of the meeting are posted on our website and broadcast on public access television so it’s easy to watch from home.
  • Listen to the annual State of the Park District address on our ParkTalk podcast, including interviews with commissioners, staff and others.

3. Let your voice be heard.

  • If you participate in a Park District program, fill out a quick program survey to tell us what you liked about the program and how to improve it.
  • Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ideas, stories, comments or suggestions.
  • Comment on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Send us a photo of a great experience you have had in a park, program or at an event.
  • Vote in next spring’s local election. Three park board positions are open.
  • Use the new 311 Parks system to report a condition in our parks, if needed.

4. Read through the Program Guide and try something new at the Park District.

  • Try a new activity, such as pickleball or Zumba.
  • Visit a park that you have never visited before.
  • Visit one of our newer facilities, such as Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, or the Riverwalk Café.

5. Volunteer at the Park District

  • Spend a couple of hours with friends, co-workers or neighbors beautifying a park
  • Help coach your child’s sports team
  • Greet visitors at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center or at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center
  • Help with a special event, such as a park opening, Halloween Happening or Santa House.
  • Consider running for park commissioner in April 2019 or encourage someone who is a qualified candidate to do so.  Candidate packets will be available to be picked up at the Park District on September 14, 2018.  Check for more details beginning September 4.

You can help make a difference at the Park District in so many ways, enabling the District to fulfill our mission to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback, attended a meeting, volunteered or participated in Park District activities in the past year. We appreciate you!

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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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