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Public Invited to March 8 Open House to Discuss 2018 Master Plan Updates

Since the early years following its formation in 1966, the Naperville Park District has been guided by a comprehensive Master Plan that is updated regularly. The District is currently working on an update to its Master Plan and invites public input as part of the planning process.

A public open house to discuss the District’s 2018 comprehensive master plan updates will be held Thursday, March 8 in the lobby of the Naperville Municipal Center, located at 400 S. Eagle Street, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. immediately preceding the Park District Board of Commissioners meeting. Park District staff and commissioners will be available to provide information and answer questions. Residents may attend during any portion of the open house; there will not be a formal presentation.

Please note that this open house is distinct from the March 1 meeting that will address only the future plans for Southwest Community Park.

As with previous versions of the Master Plan, the 2018 update will be based on the mission, vision and core values of the Naperville Park District, its organizational plans,  community surveys, demographic studies of the Naperville area, including the most recent U.S. Census data estimates, and national standards for park and recreation facilities. The March 8 open house provides an additional opportunity for public input for the 2018 Master Plan.

For those who wish to share their ideas and are unable to attend the public open house, a comment section will be available on the Naperville Park District’s website at from Friday, March 9 through Friday, March 16.


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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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