Prioritization of Park District Capital Projects
The 2015 Capital Budget is a work plan consisting of projects to be implemented in 2015. This plan may be modified throughout the year due to unforeseen conditions and the reallocation of resources. Each year, projects are re-evaluated and adjusted as conditions and facility demands change. The Park Board approves the plan on an annual basis.
It’s also important to note that the Naperville Park District’s mission, vision and core values all guide the operations and decision-making of the District particularly when it comes to determining and prioritizing capital projects.
To provide recreation and park experiences that enrich the quality of life for our community.
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Health and Wellness
- Promote community health and wellness
- Help build healthy lifestyles and encourage a reduction in obesity
- Promote year-round physical fitness
Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability
- Promote natural resource management
- Promote sustainability initiatives
- Provide co-sponsored family special events
- Promote cultural diversity and creativity
- Promote community involvement
- Meet or exceed public safety standards
- Collaborate with other units of government to promote public safety
- Promote connectivity of recreational paths or trails
- Provide accessible parks, facilities and programs
Personal Growth and Enrichment
- Promote personal creativity
- Promote the development of life skills
Each of these key guiding principles is considered during the decision-making process relative to capital planning. They are included on the Capital Improvement Plan Evaluation Worksheet, which is a part of the District’s Capital Projects Prioritization Policy. The evaluation worksheet provides staff and board with a complete perspective of how each proposed project will align with the organization’s mission, vision and core values. Additional factors that are considered include District finances, demonstrated community needs and key planning documents.
What Constitutes a Capital Project?
The Capital Plan consists of items that meet the following criteria:
- Monetary value of at least $10,000
- A life cycle with a minimum of three years
- Repair/replacement of existing facilities
- Land acquisition and/or construction of facilities through the extension of existing services and land acquisition and/or construction of facilities through the development of new services.
In the early 1990s, the Park District Board dedicated a portion of the District’s annual tax levy to be used exclusively for capital improvements to the park system as well as to pay off any Park District debt. Cash-in-lieu funds are received from the City of Naperville through the Land Dedication Ordinance adopted by the Naperville City Council. This ordinance requires land developers to dedicate 8.6 acres of park land per 1,000 people in any planned development or the cash equivalent of the 8.6 acres. Alternative revenue from grants and sponsorships also contribute to Capital Plan funding.