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Resident Requests Renaming of Southwest Community Park

Naperville resident Ginny Wolf Chivas, a descendant of one of the founding families of Naperville, asked the Naperville Park District board at their January 31 meeting to consider renaming Southwest Community Park “Wolf’s Crossing Community Park.” The new name would reflect the history of the 33-acre park site, located at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road, which was farmed by Chivas’ great-great grandfather Amos Wolf in the 1840s.

Chivas began pitching her idea to the Naperville Park District at a board committee meeting on Dec. 21, explaining that in Naperville’s early history there was a community spirit among the settlers as they helped each build barns and survive crises. She sees that attitude of helpfulness continuing in Naperville today, in its neighborhood groups and service clubs. In Chivas’ view, naming the park “Wolf’s Crossing Community Park” honors not only the Wolf family, but the community of families who worked together to establish Naperville.

Following Naperville Park District board policy, the board will wait for 60 days before voting on the park name change at one of their April meetings.

On January 10, 2019 the board approved naming the pavilion to be built at the new park “Wolf’s Crossing Pavilion.” Interpretive signage will be created to explain the early history of the site and the signage will be funded, in part, by a $5,000 donation from Ginny Wolf Chivas. The Park District plans to begin development of the park in summer 2019.

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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.

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To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
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