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Hopscotch in our Parks

Have you seen the colorful, new hopscotch boards on the sidewalks at a few locations at the Naperville Park District?  As of June 2021, you can find a hopscotch board at the 95th Street Community Plaza, Fort Hill Activity Center and Wolf’s Crossing Community Park.
Hopscotch at the 95th Street Community Plaza

Kids have been playing hopscotch for centuries, and who hasn’t drawn a hopscotch board with chalk? It’s one of those universal childhood games that has many variations and can be played with almost any small object, like a stone or bottle cap. This video gives a quick reminder of the rules, in case you may have forgotten.

According to a teacher’s blog, Play & Grow, playing hopscotch has lots of benefits for young children. Hopping on one foot challenges balance, coordination and cognitive development. The rule about not landing on a line helps children develop control of their bodies to move in space and then stop on demand. It’s a game that can be played alone or with others. When playing with others, it’s easy to take turns, the rules are simple, and the game can continue until everyone makes it up and back.

The fun, colorful hopscotch boards at the Park District were installed by Captivating Signs. The idea to locate these in our parks came from Stacey Fontechia, Sales and Sponsorship Manager, who had seen a hopscotch board in downtown Naperville several years ago. So far, kids and even adults have enjoyed playing the game.
Hopscotch at the entrance to Fort Hill Activity Center
There is room in the design to include a sponsor name and logo, and the Park District would like to place additional hopscotch boards in other locations, such as Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Centennial Beach, Nike Sports Complex, Frontier Park, Knoch Park and Commissioners Park. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Stacey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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