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Riverwalk Park Jaycee Playground Renovation Project

Riverwalk Park Jaycee Playground Renovation Project


The play equipment at the Jaycee Playground on the Riverwalk will be renovated beginning in September 2019. Construction is anticipated to commence after Labor Day with completion expected later in the fall.


The Naperville Park District hosted a Public Open House event on July 26, 2018 to inform residents of the upcoming renovation project. Click here to view the aerial map presented.


From March 18, 2019 through April 15, 2019, the public was invited to participate in an online survey to help select the proposed equipment associated with the Riverwalk Park Jaycee Playground Renovation project. The Park District communicated details of this very exciting project via onsite signage, a press release, and an invitation sent to current NPD email subscribers. Click here to view the survey presented.


Park District staff considered the input received from community outreach including the online survey when finalizing the project plans.  For further project related information, see below the Questions and Answers. 


Questions and Answers


Q: What play equipment is proposed?

A: The survey results were evaluated, and Design Option #2 received the overwhelming majority of interest. Click here to view the proposed layout.


Q: Will the proposed equipment be ADA accessible?

A: Yes, all options presented in the survey were designed to meet current accessibility standards. The existing ramp on the south side of the playground will remain for users to access the play equipment deck directly from the ramp.


Q: Will there be changes to shade and seating offered?

A: The Jaycee Playground is fortunate to be surrounded by mature trees. None of the mature landscaping will be disturbed as part of the renovation. The proposed equipment incorporates a 20’x20’ shade canopy on the 5-12 year old structure and a 12’x12’ shade canopy on the 2-5 year old structure. All existing benches and picnic tables will be replaced within the play area. For additional covered seating, users may wish to picnic at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, located directly west of the playground. The pavilion offers numerous picnic tables and outlets to charge electronic devices.


Q: Will the sand area remain as part of the new design?

A: No, the sand area will be removed. Difficulty with maintenance and keeping the sand off the surrounding play equipment and surfacing led the Park District to make this decision.





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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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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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