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Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses Retire Debt from Capital Projects

On December 1, Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses made the last payment on a 2006 bond issue of $4.87 million for capital projects to officially retire the debt.

The debt was issued to complete essential improvements in 2008 that have enabled the courses to continue to thrive in a competitive golf market.

One of the most important improvements made in 2008 was the complete replacement of the 35-year-old original irrigation system. The new system provided quality, reliability, control and efficiencies that helped maintain course conditions through seasonal dry periods. Another course enhancement was the addition of on-course restroom buildings at both golf courses, with plumbing, sinks and separate facilities for men and women. These buildings were requested by golfers and replaced the portable restroom units.

Both Springbrook and Naperbrook clubhouses were updated with expanded kitchen areas, new basement access for carts, and new storage and office space. Additionally, at Springbrook Golf Course, new restrooms and a walk-up window for concessions were added outside the clubhouse.

Both the driving range tee and the parking lot at Springbrook were expanded, and Naperbrook renovated its bunkers, removing and replacing sand and drainage.

Going forward, new capital improvements at the golf courses will be funded through the Naperville Park District’s annual capital budget.

“Through careful planning and financial stewardship by the Board of Commissioners, the Park District’s golf courses were able to retire the debt on schedule,” said Executive Director Ray McGury.  “We appreciate the support of the community to maintain and grow the game of golf for youth and for all ages.”

Youth golf participation at Naperbrook and Springbrook Golf Courses continues to grow, with a 13% increase in junior program participation from 2018 to 2019. The golf courses not only provide golf lessons, camps and clinics for juniors, but also offer a wide range of tournaments, leagues and events for youth.  New for 2019 was Golfapalooza, a free event for junior golfers that included food and fun, putting and chipping contests, hitting range balls, and an introduction to lesson programs. 

Despite challenging weather, combined rounds at both courses total nearly 70,000 annually, averaged over the past 10 years, and driving range use at Springbrook has increased as a result of renovations in 2017. The continued popularity of the courses, support from the Board of Commissioners for strategic capital improvements, and proactive management by Park District staff have resulted in a positive net income from golf operations.


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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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