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Great Ways to Park It - Fall

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Take a Hayride

Location: Seager Park or Knoch Knolls Park
Register: Click here
Season: Fall

Round up the family or a group of friends and take a hayride in the crisp autumn air through a beautiful Naperville park. You may bring your own food to cook over the bonfire or bring the fixings for s'mores. We provide hot chocolate and apple cider. No alcohol allowed. Picnic tables are provided. Bring your own chairs, blankets, flashlights and insect repellent. For rainout information, please visit napervilleparks.org. Children under three may ride for free and do not need to be registered. Each child and adult attending must register. Learn more

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Visit Halloween Happening

Season: Fall
Come out to the Riverwalk Grand Pavillion on Sunday October 24 from 1-4:00 pm and enjoy lots of fun activities, games and goodies at Naperville's best FREE Halloween fest for kids 10 and under! Learn more
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Visit the Knoch Knolls Nature Center

Season: Year Round
The Knoch Knolls Nature Center is open yaer-round. Hours vary per season. The Nature Center has animal exhibits including a 900-gallon native fish tank and indoor living wall featuring live plants and plenty more! Learn more
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Smash a Pumpkin

Season: Fall
The annual Pumpkin Smash will take place from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, located at 811 S. West Street. Learn More

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Play Pickleball Indoors or Outdoors

Season: Year Round
Play pickleball at the Fort Hill Activity Center during an open gym time or register for a pickleball program. The District also has outdoor pickleball courts at Dupage River Sports Complex, Nike Sports Complex, Wolf's Crossing and at Ashbury, Knoch and Ranchview parks.

Great Ways to Park It - Summer

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Swim at Centennial Beach

Location: Centennial Beach
Hours: Click here
Season: Summer

Historically, a visit to Centennial Beach has been more than just about swimming – it’s a real social occasion. With the expanse of grass and beautiful shade trees, it’s also a great place to enjoy a family picnic or a game of cards – something that the “Beach Bums” (a beloved group of longtime Beach guests) have been doing almost daily for many seasons. Learn more

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Splash at a Splash Pad

Season: Summer
Two splash pads are now open for the season at the 95th Street Community Plaza and at Wolf’s Crossing Community Park. Families are invited to enjoy these new additions to the parks as a fun way to cool off. Learn more
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Cool Off At Midday Spray

Season: Summer
Midday Spray is a free event at Rotary Hill overlooking the Millennium Carillon and features a sprinkler that gives off a refreshing mist and has a long reach. Learn more
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See a Concert in Your Park

Season: Summer
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a FREE evening of outdoor musical entertainment coming to a park near you from 7:00-8:30 pm. Learn More
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Catch a Fish

Season: Year Round (Unless Ice)
If you want to get out in nature and enjoy a few quiet hours of fishing, there are places to fish in many of our Naperville parks.  Learn more

Great Ways to Park It - Spring

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Disc Golf With the Family

Location: Knoch Knolls Park Disc Golf Course
Hours: Dawn until dusk 7 days a week (unless snow on the ground)
Season: Year Round (unless heavy snow)

The expanded 18-hole disc golf course was completed in 2014 with additional improvements to the course landscaping finishing up in 2016. With its beautiful location along the West Branch of the DuPage River, it’s a popular spot for disc golfers. The course is free and available anytime the park is open, from sunrise to one hour after sunset. If needed, discs may be purchased from the nature center during its open hours. Learn more

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Take a Watercraft Ride

Season: Spring-Fall
Enjoy some paddleboat, paddleboard or kayak fun on the water at the Paddleboat Quarry, located along the Naperville Riverwalk from spring through fall, weather-permitting. Learn more
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Play a Round of Golf

Season: Spring-Fall
Play a round of golf or practice at the driving range at Springbrook or Naperbrook Golf Courses. Enjoy this popular sport – including Family Golf – throughout the year! Book your tee time today. Learn more
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Take a Hike on a Trail

Season: Year Round
Explore great hiking and biking trails at parks across the District like Knoch Knolls Park Seager Park. Trails are suitable for all ages and consist of grass, dirt or gravel. Look for wildlife and interesting plants on your journey. Learn More
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New Challenge Course

Season: Year Round
Test your skills at the new ninja-style challenge course (for ages 13+ only) at Wolf's Crossing Community Park. While there, enjoy a walking trail, playground, fitness stations, basketball, tennis, volleyball and pickleball courts. Splash pad to open in late-May. Learn more

Other Great Ways to Park It

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Visit our Newest Park: Wolf’s Crossing Community Park

Summer is the perfect time to visit our newest park, where kids can run through the splash pad and play on the playground, adults and kids can walk or bike around the trail, and everyone can explore and enjoy this beautiful space.  Wolf’s Crossing Community Park is located on the far southwest side of Naperville at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road, south of Trumpet Avenue. The park is 33 acres in size, has plenty of parking, with restrooms, shade shelters and drinking fountains. You can easily plan a half-day outing here. Just bring a picnic lunch or snack and find a spot at the pavilion, at the shelter at the top of the hill, or spread out a blanket on the lawn. 

Take a Spring Wildflower Walk

Knoch Knolls Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman takes us on a spring wildflower walk in the woods. Learn about what to look for and what makes these flowers unique.
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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 Mission
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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