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A Father-Daughter Fitness Journey

Sometimes the best incentive to get fit comes from your own family. When Maggie Newlin was looking for something positive and energizing to do outside of her work, she found inspiration from her father, Greg, who has been working out daily for 15 years.

“Dad convinced me to get up early, that working out is a good way to start the day,” said Maggie. She has been exercising consistently with her dad for two years. They meet at Fort Hill Activity Center early in the morning before going off to work.

“Our primary focus is weightlifting,” explained Greg. “I introduced my daughter to several routines that she has embraced. We also try to attend a spin class together once a week and walk or run on the indoor track as well.”

The results

This father-daughter team’s early morning routine continues to reap benefits for both of them. 

Maggie found that in addition to building physical strength and self-confidence, exercise improves her mood and helps her sleep better. 

Greg experiences better health, more energy and continuing physical fitness. “I’m a recovered smoker and couch potato,” said Greg. “You can’t stop aging but you can fight it! Working out is the closest you’ll ever get to a time machine. By exercising, you don’t just add years to your life, you improve the quality of your life.” 

They both had praise for the Fitness Center at Fort Hill Activity Center and for the friendly staff. 

 “We love the customer service staff at the front desk, and the trainers are friendly and helpful,” said Greg. “There’s plenty of room for us in the fitness center when we work out, the membership fee is less expensive than other gyms, and there’s more equipment.”

Fitness with Friends or Family at Fort Hill

Summer is a great time to start your own workouts with a friend or family member at Fort Hill Activity Center. Fort Hill Activity Center offers many opportunities for adults and kids to enjoy active recreation under the same roof, whether together or separately. Check the Program Guide for a full range of fitness programs, open gyms, indoor track hours, camps, Kids Night Out and child care.

Fort Hill Activity Center offers many opportunities for adults and kids to enjoy active recreation under the same roof, whether together or separately. Check the current Program Guide for a full range of fitness programs, open gyms, indoor track hours, camps, Kids Night Out and child care.

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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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