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Two Naperville Park District Staff Members Graduate from Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute

Two members of the Naperville Park District’s staff graduated on April 24 from the 2018 Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute along with other community leaders.  The four-month program, is now in its ninth year.

Naperville Park District Leadership Institute graduates were:

  • Steve Erlenbaugh, Assistant Customer Service Manager
  • Tim Quigley, South Parks Operations Manager

A team of experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs guided the educational sessions which focused on the topics of ethics and values, goal setting, communication, teamwork, coaching, customer focus, business acumen, and strategic thinking. Additionally, guest panelists from the business community shared examples of the principles from their own experience and fielded questions from the participants.

For Steve Erlenbaugh one of the main take-aways from the course was captured in the quote, “Sometimes you have to say no to grow.”  He also learned about the benefit of taking time during the day to reflect, even if only for 10 minutes.

Tim Quigley noted that the DISC profile analysis included in the Institute gave him insight into his leadership style and preferred ways to communicate. He also pondered the concepts of responsibility vs. accountability and shared that with his staff who are in leadership roles.


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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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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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