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Ring in the New Year at the Millennium Carillon

Ring in the New Year at the Naperville Millennium Carillon

Dolly McCarthy to host 6:00 p.m. countdown


Naperville Park District invites the community to the annual Countdown at the Carillon. The Early Family Countdown will be led by Dolly McCarthy, host and executive producer of The Dolly McCarthy Show and award-winning journalist and former news anchor for NCTV-17’s Naperville News 17. City Carillonneur Tim Sleep will play music of the season and entertainment will be provided by Magic of Scott Piner. Tim Sleep and Carillonneur Sue Bergren will play for the Traditional Midnight Countdown.


Two countdowns will take place: the Early Family Countdown at 6:00 p.m. and the Traditional Countdown at 12:00 midnight. Festivities for the Early Countdown will begin at 5:30 p.m. with complementary hot cocoa provided by My Chef and entertainment provided by Magic of Scott Piner. Glow sticks, bells and cocoa will be available outside the Carillon Visitor Center until 6:15 p.m., while supplies last.  For the Traditional Countdown, music will begin at 11:15 p.m.


Both countdowns will take place at the Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower at Rotary Hill,  443 Aurora Ave. Limited parking is available at the top of Rotary Hill or in the Park District Administration Building parking lot. Additional parking is located at Centennial Beach or at the Municipal Center at 400 S. Eagle St. Please note that the entire event is outdoors; participants are encouraged to dress for the weather.


"I can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with my children, family and friends in downtown Naperville,” said Dolly McCarthy. “This annual early countdown at the Carillon has been an amazing tradition that grows every year come snow, freezing rain or high winds. The spirit of Naperville and its families shines on this night. If this has been your tradition with us for the past 6 years or if you are looking to start a new one, this is the place to be for a happy, fun, festive time for the whole family! Don’t forget to share your New Year’s resolutions with us!”

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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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