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National Volunteer Week is April 24-29, and we want to give a shout out to all of the people who serve as volunteers with the Naperville Park District. More than 3,900 individuals gave a total of 95,970 hours to support Park District events and projects in 2016, from coaching youth sports to picking up litter in our parks.

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Scout Troop 101 from May Watts School spruced up Hobson West Ponds during Earth Week 2017

A special thanks to our volunteers from Executive Director Ray McGury:

 “The mission of the Naperville Park District is to provide recreation and park experiences that enrich the quality of life for our community.  In no way could we deliver on this promise without the hundreds of volunteers who give of themselves for the betterment of our community.  I am so grateful for all that you do for the Naperville community. THANK YOU!”


Executive Director Ray McGury

Thank you to our volunteer groups!

We appreciate all of our volunteer groups and those who assist with special events and one-time projects.  You make these events run smoothly and fun for everyone.

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One of the many volunteer groups that pick up litter, spread mulch and beautify our parks each spring


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High school students helped with the Flashlight Egg Hunt and also support Santa House, Halloween Happening and other events.

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Thank you to everyone who helped with the many Earth Week projects in the parks

Recognizing our longer-term volunteers

In addition, we want to recognize volunteers who are able to serve for an extended time, whether to coach a soccer team for a season or to teach a skill that they enjoy, such as wood carving. 


Naperville Youth Soccer



Naperville Youth Basketball at Fort Hill Activity Center

Thank you, coaches! Hundreds of parents coach their kids’ teams each year in soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.

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Dennis Delahanty

Dennis Delahanty, a resident of Naperville since 1972, enjoys long-term service as a volunteer, but in a variety of roles. He started as a volunteer with the Park District in 2014, helping with the soccer coaches’ meeting. Since then, he has greeted visitors at Santa House, called bi-weekly Bingo games, assisted with Lego® events, repaired divots at Springbrook Golf Course, helped set up for playground ribbon cutting events, pulled garlic mustard, and much more.

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Dennis assisted at several of the District’s playground openings

“Dennis is someone I can count on, and I so appreciate his enthusiasm and willingness to help wherever needed,” said the Park District’s Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole. 

Dennis explains how he came to be a Park District volunteer in this brief video clip.

Dennis said that he appreciates being able to volunteer whenever it fits his schedule, allowing him to spend lots of time with their grandchildren.  “Each month I look at the activities out there (on the Park District volunteer web page) and kind of match when we are going to be available and then I email Lynnette to say that I’d be interested in doing those activities.”

Some of the tasks that he initially hesitated to help with turned out to be activities he enjoys the most.


The Park District hosts Bingo at Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center

“At first, I wasn’t interested in helping with Bingo,” Dennis admitted. “But when there was a need, I decided to try it and now I’m a caller every other week, and I really enjoy it. And another favorite job is at Centennial Beach. You might call it janitorial – I walk around and tidy up the Beach. While one might not think so, I like it because it’s my exercise. You’re constantly moving, walking around the whole Beach, and you get lots of good exercise. And the Beach is beautiful.”

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Volunteers help keep Centennial Beach beautiful

One of the benefits of volunteering is learning more about all that the Park District offers the community. “I had never been in the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center,” said Dennis. “It’s amazing how varied the programs are at the Park District.  There’s something for everyone.”

I asked Dennis whether he had any advice for those thinking about volunteering with the Park District. Here’s what he had to say:

To learn more about upcoming projects and events at the Park District that need support of volunteers, check the volunteer page at or email Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole at

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Volunteer appreciation picnic at Centennial Beach

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