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Southwest Community Park Draft Master Plan Update

The Naperville Park District presented a preliminary site master plan for Southwest Community Park to residents at a public meeting on April 25 and received additional feedback through an online survey and via email communication. The next step for the Park District is to review all of the community input, further refine the plan based on the feedback, and present a draft site master plan to the board of commissioners for discussion. The master plan discussion will take place at a board workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Naperville Municipal Center in the Council Chambers immediately preceding the board’s regular 7:00 p.m. meeting.

Southwest Community Park is a 33-acre site located in southwest Naperville at the intersection of Wolf's Crossing Road and Trumpet Avenue. Over the past few years, new homes have been built in this geographic area, which has been one of the last areas in Naperville to be developed. Before adding any recreational amenities to the park, the Naperville Park District set as a 2018 goal to develop a site master plan to guide the future addition of recreational elements, which most likely will happen in phases spanning multiple years, depending on needs, costs and funding.

The 2018 master planning process so far has included public meetings on March 1 and April 25, stakeholder workshops, two online surveys and email communication.  Overall, the District has received more than 2,000 responses from a variety of communications with residents.  A Southwest Community Park project page available at includes links to the presentations from the March 1 and April 25 meetings, a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and an invitation to send any further comments to Executive Director Ray McGury at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“I want to thank everyone who has attended a meeting, viewed the information online, responded to the survey or sent an email related to Southwest Community Park,” said McGury. “We appreciate your willingness to take time to learn about the project and express your opinions. We want the plan to reflect the needs and priorities of the community.”



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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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