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Share the Trails!

Naperville is an easily navigable city with 70+ miles of trails that can be enjoyed by walkers, runners, bicyclists, skateboarders, scooter riders and inline skaters. It’s important to note that bikes, skateboards, scooters and other wheeled transportation vehicles are not allowed on the Riverwalk. Other trails within the parks system are available for riders to enjoy. Class 1 electric bikes, electric skateboards and electric scooters are also allowed on Park District trails. Additional information on the rules and regulations regarding trail use can be found within the Naperville Park District’s Conduct Ordinance #641.

Many residents use the community’s trails for recreation, exercise and even commuting. With so many people using our trails in different ways, at different paces, and for different purposes, it’s important for all trail users to be aware of one another, practice safe use, and share the trails!

Be alert for the following:

  • Fast trail users
    • Faster trail users approaching from behind will often say, “On your left.” This means that you should stay to your right. Offer a friendly response to the faster trail user to let them know that it’s safe to pass by giving a verbal acknowledgement, stepping to the side of the trail, or waving them on.
  • Children
    • Children participating in Naperville Park District programs are instructed to step aside and greet faster trail users as they pass. Please demonstrate courtesy and use caution as you pass them.
  • Surprised trail users
    • Fast-moving trail users can startle others, especially when approaching from behind. Always ride under control, anticipate other users ahead and be communicative and friendly.

Important Trail Use Reminders

  • Obey all posted trail signage, including stop signs
  • Bicyclists, skateboarders, scooter riders and inline skaters yield to walkers and runners, and uphill traffic
  • When traveling in a group, remember to stay single file or take up no more than half of the trail. Be sure everyone in the group understand what actions to take when encountering other trail users
  • Don’t tune out. If you wear headphones, keep the volume low or wear only one earpiece so you can be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a short leash on your dog when passing (or being passed) other trail users. Remember that other trail users may be frightened by dogs and unsure how to pass safely.

Trails Etiquette for All

  • Stay on the trails and respect trail and road closures
  • Leave nature as you find it for others to enjoy
  • Deposit litter in proper receptacles or take it with you
  • Keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times and please pick up after them
  • Ride and walk/run on the right-hand side; allow space on the left-hand side for others to pass
  • When taking a break, move to the side of the trail
  • Alert others when passing from behind, especially around corners or in blind spots
  • Be prepared to stop or step aside to let other trail users safely pass
  • When biking, skateboarding, riding a scooter or inline skating, control your speed at all times. Be prepared to slow down or stop, and announce your presence when approaching other trail users

Emergency and Non-Emergency Assistance

  • For emergencies, call 911
  • Naperville Park District Police patrol parks and trails and can offer assistance. For non-emergency public safety issues, please call the on-duty park police officer at 630-601-0925
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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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