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Wolf’s Crossing Community Park to Open October 24

Naperville Park District’s newest park, Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, has been under construction since fall 2019.  As of this week, park development is substantially complete. The Park District is pleased to be able to open most of the park to the public as of Saturday, October 24. Visitors are asked to stay off the seeded areas, including athletic fields and the sled hill, until the turf is established in summer 2021.  Additionally, the permanent restrooms are not yet open; portable restrooms will be available until work on the restroom building is complete. The splash pad will open in late spring 2021.

A grand opening event is planned for late May 2021.

“We are excited to provide this park for the community at a time when healthy, outdoor activities are especially needed,” said Executive Director Ray McGury.

The project is funded, in part, by an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The park amenities open this fall include a 1.4-mile trail, a playground, fitness stations, basketball, tennis, sand volleyball and pickleball courts, Wolf’s Crossing Pavilion, the District’s first challenge course, Pull-up Bars for Patriots, a nature play area and parking.  In winter 2020-2021, as conditions allow, an ice rink will open at the sand volleyball courts; this location will replace the ice rink at Commissioners Park.  In late spring/early summer 2021, additional facilities will become available for use, including the splash pad, athletic fields and multi-purpose hill which can be used for running and other activities in summer and for sledding beginning in winter 2021-22.   

 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.

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park is located at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road, south of Trumpet Avenue.


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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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