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Resident Feedback on Draft Southwest Community Park Plan Invited

The Naperville Park District invites residents to view the draft master plan for Southwest Community Park and to provide feedback. Residents may email their comments to Executive Director Ray McGury at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time. Additionally, an online survey is available at through May 3.

“It was brought to our attention that the survey does not allow comments without completing a ranking of park amenities,” explained Executive Director Ray McGury. “For example, if a person wanted to say that they do not want a certain amenity or even any development at the park, the survey is unable to capture that information.”

“We don’t want to limit public feedback just to the survey results,” added McGury. “We want to hear from all sides and maintain 100% transparency and openness in this process. We invite residents to contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they were unable to express their opinions on the survey.”

Following further review the draft site master plan will be presented to the board of commissioners for discussion at a special workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, immediately preceding its regular 7:00 p.m. meeting. As always, residents may attend the meeting and sign up to comment.  A completed master plan will be brought to the board for approval in summer 2018. The master plan will guide the District in future development of the park, which most likely will span multiple years, depending on needs, costs and funding.

Southwest Community Park is a 33-acre site located in southwest Naperville at the intersection of Wolf's Crossing Road and Trumpet Avenue.


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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.

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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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