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Santa House Opens Friday, November 30

Volunteer opportunities still available at Santa House!

Santa House, presented by Woody Buick GMC begins Friday, November 30 and continues through Sunday, December 23. Located on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Ave. and Webster St., Santa House is open to the public on weekends and Tuesday-Thursday December 18-20. Visiting Santa is free, with the option of purchasing photos with Santa at $8 each or $15 for two. Tuesday-Friday hours are 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday hours are 12:00-6:00 p.m. No advance reservations are needed during the public event hours.

Santa House is supported each year by many volunteers from the community, who act as Santa’s elves, provide crafts for kids while they wait, and help make the experience fun for everyone. Volunteers are still needed. Students age 14 and up may volunteer independently and those who are 12 or 13 years of age may volunteer with a parent.

“Volunteering at Santa House is a great activity for a family, a group of friends, neighbors or co-workers, or an individual who wants to help make the holiday season special for children,” said Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole.

Volunteer shifts are approximately 2 to 3 hours in length, depending on the day. Visit to view current volunteer openings, fill out a volunteer application, and get a link to the volunteer training.

Santa House also is supported by local businesses and nonprofit partners that help keep the event free for the community. “We are excited this year to have 17 sponsors for Santa House, many of whom are providing unique activities or giveaways for our patrons,” said the Park District’s Sales and Sponsorship Manager Stacey Fontechia.


Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at


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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