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Restaurant Fundraisers Planned for Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program

Beginning June 7, the Park District is working with area restaurants to offer a series of fundraisers to support the Fee Assistance Program. Participating restaurants include California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle, Aurelio’s Pizza, Portillo’s and Panera Bread. Formerly known as the Scholarship Program, the Fee Assistance program assists in covering the cost of recreation programs for individuals in need.

In 2008 during the most recent economic downturn, the District saw dramatic growth in the Fee Assistance Program.   Even though the economy has recovered and the job market has improved, the need for this program continues. In fact, the number of applications for assistance has grown steadily since 2008.

Since 2014 the Naperville Parks Foundation has been raising funds to cover some of the costs of the program. With the support of the Foundation, the Park District intends to continue offering assistance to individuals in need. The Park District recently changed the name of the program from Scholarship Program to Fee Assistance Program to clarify that the assistance is for participants’ fees for recreation programs or seasonal memberships.

“School Districts 203 and 204 have reported significant numbers of low income and homeless students. The Park District can help give these students access to fun recreation programs that include healthy physical activity,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation. “Physical activity is linked to better performance in school and increased emotional well-being and helps prevent obesity. Additionally, participants often take away important life lessons or discover something that they’re passionate about. This can lead to greater fulfillment in life and increased satisfaction in general.”

The new restaurant fundraisers planned for 2018 will help supplement Naperville Parks Foundation funding of the Fee Assistance Program. for details. The full list of 2018 fundraisers is as follows:

June 7 – California Pizza Kitchen, 28258 Diehl Rd., Warrenville (11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)

July 10 – Chipotle, 1516 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 104, Naperville (4:00-8:00 p.m.)

Aug. 9 – Aurelio’s Pizza, 1975 Springbrook Square Dr., Naperville (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)

Sept. 13 – California Pizza Kitchen, 28258 Diehl Rd., Warrenville (11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)

Oct. 16 – Portillo’s, 1992 W. Jefferson, Naperville (4:00-8:00 p.m.)

Nov. 8 - California Pizza Kitchen, 28258 Diehl Rd., Warrenville (11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)

Dec. 13 – Panera Bread, 491 South Rt. 59, Aurora (4:00-8:00 p.m.)



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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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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.
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Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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