The Capital Budget is a work plan consisting of projects to be implemented in 2023. This plan may be modified throughout the year due to unforeseen conditions and the reallocation of resources. Each year, projects are re-evaluated and adjusted as conditions and demands change. The Park Board approves the plan on an annual basis.
It’s also important to note that the Naperville Park District’s mission, vision and core values all guide the operations and decision-making of the District particularly when it comes to determining and prioritizing improvement projects.
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Health and Wellness
Promote community health and wellness
Help build healthy lifestyles and encourage a reduction in obesity
Promote year-round physical fitness
Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability
Promote natural resource management
Promote sustainability initiatives
Provide co-sponsored family special events
Promote cultural diversity and creativity
Promote community involvement
Meet or exceed public safety standards
Collaborate with other units of government to promote public safety
Promote connectivity of recreational paths or trails
Provide accessible parks, facilities and programs
Personal Growth and Enrichment
Promote personal creativity
Promote the development of life skills
Each of these key guiding principles is considered during the decision-making process relative to capital planning. Additional factors that are considered include District finances, demonstrated community needs and key planning documents.
2023 Park and Facility Improvement Projects
As part of its annual budget process, the Naperville Park District invited the public to comment on capital improvements proposed for 2023 last summer. The community input received was considered by the Park District when formulating project designs and cost estimates for inclusion in the 2023 Capital Budget.
The list of main capital projects for 2023 is as follows:
Every year Capital Funds are allocated for the restoration of shorelines including retention basins managed by the Naperville Park District and areas along the DuPage River. These projects improve native animal habitat, water quality and reduce maintenance and associated costs in the long-term. Shoreline improvement projects slated for implementation the following year are presented at the Capital Projects Open House every year.
Park Meadow Project
As part of natural resource management, the Naperville Park District began a Park Meadow Initiative to improve its stewardship of parkland several years ago. This initiative involves converting turf grass to meadow in strategic areas in selected parks. The Park District planted the meadow areas with native wildflowers and low prairie grasses. The areas selected for conversion include stormwater detention sites and other areas that are frequently wet due to the topography of the site. The areas range in size from .10 acre to 1.25 acre. The Park District intends to extend the project into future years including 2023, converting additional acres into meadow each year in other parks across the District.
View a list of projects by year, site maps, photographs and Q and A below: