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Wolf’s Crossing Community Park Ribbon Cutting Set for May 20

Naperville Park District will celebrate the official opening of Wolf’s Crossing Community Park with a ribbon cutting event at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.  The community is invited to attend the ceremony and then explore the park’s many features, including the new splash pad, which will be open, weather permitting.

As the Park District’s newest park, 33-acre Wolf’s Crossing Community Park offers several new amenities, including the District’s first challenge course, a multi-purpose hill for sledding, running, climbing and other activities, a set of 4 pickleball courts, a nature play area and a splash pad, which opens for the first time this spring. Also new for the Park District is the Pull-up Bars for Patriots memorial, which pays tribute to the individuals from Naperville who gave their lives in military service since 2001 and encourages park visitors to perform pull-ups in their honor.

Development of the park began in 2019 and was funded, in part, by an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Additional park amenities include a 1.4-mile trail, a playground, fitness stations, basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts, a winter ice skating area, Wolf’s Crossing Pavilion, restrooms, athletic fields and parking.  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.

Those who attend the ribbon-cutting are asked to review the participation guidelines for outdoor events found at Wolf’s Crossing Community Park is located at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road, south of Trumpet Avenue.


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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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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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