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Wolf’s Crossing Community Park Groundbreaking Set for June 19

The community is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, formerly known as Southwest Community Park, on Wednesday, June 19 at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place in the northeast corner of the Wolf's Crossing Community Park property, located on Trumpet Avenue between Wolf’s Crossing Road and Empress Drive (see map for approximate location). Street parking is available on Empress Drive and Birch Lane (south of Trumpet Avenue). Please note that parking is not permitted on Trumpet Avenue.

Development of this 33-acre community park will bring a variety of recreational elements to southwest Naperville, the fastest growing residential area in the city. The park features were chosen based on extensive community input through a series of meetings, online surveys and email communication in 2018, with more than 2,000 people participating. The park will include a 1.4-mile trail, a splash pad, a playground, athletic fields, basketball, tennis, volleyball and pickleball courts, a multi-purpose hill, a pavilion, the District’s first challenge course, restrooms and parking.

The project will be funded, in part, by an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 “It’s exciting to see this project take shape after many months of planning,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “The time is right to develop the park. The amenities will bring opportunities for healthy, outdoor recreation not only to this neighborhood but to the entire community.”

At the June 19 event, elected officials and individuals connected to the project will speak, including Park Board President Mike Reilly, Ginny Wolf Chivas, a descendant of the Wolf family who settled the property in the 1800s, and others, followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will not be rescheduled. Cancellation information for the event, if needed, will be posted at  under the General Programming and Special Events category.

For more information about the Wolf’s Crossing Community Park development project, visit

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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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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.
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