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Parks
The Naperville Park District is home to 140 parks totaling over 2,500 acres. These beautiful settings are located throughout Naperville, and each park has its own special use and amenities to appeal to a wide variety of interests and needs.
Types of Parks
Trails
Controlled Burns
Environmental Stewardship & Conservation
Frequently Asked Questions
Report Problems or Concerns
Park Use Ordinance 641
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Types of Parks
Neighborhood Parks (NP)
Neighborhood parks are the smallest component of the Naperville Park District's Open Space System. Typically, neighborhood parks are developed for both active and passive recreation, and they are designed to serve the residents who live within walking distance of the park.

Community Parks (CP)
Community parks are larger than neighborhood parks, and serve a broader purpose and population. Because of its size, a community park can provide a wider range of activities than a neighborhood park.

District Parks (DP)
District parks are the largest component of the Park District's Open Space system. They generally serve the entire community and can contain a variety of outdoor recreation amenities such as sports complexes or associated facilites located strategically throughout the community.

Greenways (GW)
Greenways are linear parks usually developed adjacent to a natural resource such as a creek, river or lakeshore so that these resources enhance the park experience for visitors. Greenways can also be located as a transportation corridor that links neighborhoods to parks, schools and shopping areas.

Preservation Areas/Conservation Areas (PA)
Preservation/Conservation Areas are set aside to preserve significant natural or cultural resources, landscapes and open space or provide enhanced aesthetics/buffering. As such, their use for recreation is a secondary objective. These areas typically include dedicated watersheds or natural/non-developed areas.

Special Use (SU)
Special Use parks are areas that are intended for specialized or single-purpose recreation activities. Examples of Special Use facilities include senior centers, community theaters, trap shooting, community gardens, special event facilities, golf courses, etc.

NOTE:
All parks are given a unique ID that begins with a number. That number correlates to the Planning Area in which it resides. Open space not yet owned by the Naperville Park District but awaiting conveyance are given a temporary ID beginning with 9.

To see a complete list of our parks and amenities, click here.
To see a map of our park system, click here.
Trails
The Naperville Park District partnered with many local/regional agencies and committees to promote trail development (biking, walking, and water) in Naperville and its outlying areas. In 2008, the Naperville Park District developed a Trails Master Plan to help with the development of trails within our jurisdiction. To view the plan, click here.

As a member of the DuPage River Trail Committee, the Naperville Park District participates in quarterly meetings to discuss the development of the DuPage River Trail spanning from Naperville to the I&M Canal. To view a map of the DuPage River Trail, click here.

In addition, the Naperville Park District parntered with Openlands for the development of a Water Trails map. To view the Northeast Illinois Water Trails Map for the DuPage River, click here.

To view the City of Naperville Biking Map and Guide, click here.
Controlled Burns
The Naperville Park District conducts controlled burns on Park District properties to improve the natural habitat for native plants. Management of our park areas by controlled burns manages weeds and brush, and stimulates perennial herbs and grasses to grow and flower.

It is our intention to use fire as a tool to improve the quality of natural vegetation. Native plants withstand and adapt to fire, while most invasive plants are reduced. During either the spring or fall burn seasons, Naperville Park District crews may conduct prescribed ground-level burns. The exact dates and times are based on very specific weather conditions. Wind speed and direction, humidity, and approval of the Naperville Fire Chief are all taken into account when deciding those sites to burn.

For more information on the 2014 controlled burns, click here.
Environmental Stewardship and Conservation
The environmental stewardship and conservation page provides information to our residents and park patrons regarding park maintenance policies, procedures and practices and lets residents know how they can help the Naperville Park District parks department manage its natural resources.

The Naperville Park District has been entrusted with managing and maintaining our parks for present day use and for future generations.

Pond Maintenance
Management activities are focused on enhancing and maintaining the environmental quality of aquatic areas for storm water control. Activities include: litter/debris control, erosion control, management of shoreline and aquatic vegetation, pest control, enforcement of public safety guidelines, and maintenance of the water in a free-flowing condition. In instances where public and private lands adjoin waterways managed by the Naperville Park District, riparian rights will be observed with the Park District maintaining to the property centerline of such areas. Activities include all labor, materials, supplies, and services to maintain the environmental quality of aquatic areas.

Shoreline management
A minimum of a 10-foot, no-mow buffer natural area that is mowed or burned annually. Shoreline will be made up of no more than 30% trees. Shoreline will contain no more than 25% cattails.

Shoreline erosion
Evaluated on a yearly basis.

Debris removal
Debris removal along the shoreline and above/below normal water levels will be done monthly April-October. Debris that impedes free-flowing water will be removed as soon as it is observed.

Algae Control
Algae levels will be monitored periodically. If it is determined that control is necessary, it will be managed by chemical means.


Prairie Restoration
Prairie Maintenance
Prairie areas consist of park land that has been designed for restoration or has been planted in prairie plants. These areas will be perscribeda controlled burn to rid the area of unwanted vegetation, especially wood species. If weather conditions prohibit a controlled burn, the area will be mowed in April to a height of 6 inches. This will help keep the brush from forming thickets. Seeding is done on a limited basis using a low grow seed mix of mainly native plants.
The mix will consist of some non-native, short lived annuals like Plains Coreopsis, Bachelor Buttons for color.

Controlled Burns
Controlled burns are a management tool used to maintain natural areas.
It is recommended burns be conducted every other year. Areas staff cannot burn will be mowed annually in the spring to a height of 6 inches.

For more information on the 2013 controlled burns, click here.


Arboriculture
Arboriculture / Tree Maintenance
Activities include corrective pruning, thinning, shaping, staking and guying, mulching, and fertilizing.

Tree pruning is performed according to accepted arboricultural practices and standards to provide and encourage a natural healthy growth for each tree variety. High use and trafficked parks are visited every 5-7 years. Maintenance activities include pruning and removing dead wood, suckers, water-sprouts, cross-branching, and low hanging branches. Corrective pruning such as thinning the crown for increased air movement and shaping are done as needed.

The bases of the trees are mulched in a 4 foot diameter ring, 3.5 inches thick at the outside of the mulch bed and 1-1/2" maximum next to the tree trunk, with recycled wood chips that are available through NPD chipping or donations. Larger rings or mulched grouping are constructed to reduce trim mowing activities and increase health of the individual trees as needed. All tree rings and beds have a depressed edge no deeper than 3 inches surrounding the tree.

Gypsy Moth Control
In cooperation with the City of Naperville and Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Park District is a vested partner in the monitoring and eradication of this tree pest. For more information contact http://www.extension.uiuc.edu

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) In cooperation with the City of Naperville, the Park District is monitoring EAB in our parks. To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer, visit the City's website at http://www.naperville.il.us/eab.aspx


Recycling
The Park District is committed to developing and implementing recycling programs, such programs such as:

- Recycling of paper and cardboard at all facilities
- Recycling of aluminum and plastic bottles at all facilities, maintenance garages, sports complexes and community parks.
- Recycling of electrical ballasts and mercury containing lamps district wide.
- Recycling of NiCad batteries, rechargeable batteries (non-NiCad and single use batteries). Collection containers are at the 219 Mill Street, 421 West Martin and 3415 Book Rd. Maintenance shops.
- Recycling of scrap metals.
- Recycling of old rubber tires.
- Recycling of motor vehicle fluids such as motor oils and anti-freeze.
- Recycling in our Parks.
- There will be recycling barrels available for the collection of aluminum and plastic beverage containers in our Sports Complexes, Centennial Beach, and coming soon to the Riverwalk and Community parks.


Pest Control
Pest Control
- Geese
- Beavers
- Deer
- Poison Ivy

Goose Control
Canadian geese populations have grown beyond the ability of the Park District lakes to accommodate them. The Park District has taken a three-step approach to this issue.

1. Control the population - this is done through a procedure called egg depredation that prevents the eggs from hatching. This is a humane approach for which the Park District must be licensed.
2. Exclude - in some areas we are using trained Border Collies to move the geese out of an area.
3. Educate - the general public not to feed the wildlife.

Beaver Control
Occasionally a beaver will move into a park area and begin to damage nearby trees as it erects its home. On these occasions, the Park District will hire a licensed trapper to trap the beaver and have it removed.

Deer Control
The Park District has not developed a deer management program. In most incidences of bothersome deer, our park is adjacent to a Forest Preserve that has deer management programs. When contacted by these agencies, the Park District cooperates with their management programs.

Poison Ivy Control
Poison Ivy has become a more widespread concern. When this plant presents a problem along a trail or play area, the Park District will eradicate it.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Park Use Ordinance 641 (Rules and Regulations)
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Facilities

The Naperville Park District owns a variety of facilities to serve Naperville's recreational and programming needs. Some facilities are available for rent by park district residents for various events.

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