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Strategic Plan

2018-2020 Strategic Plan

In spring 2017, after having completed the goals relative to the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan, the Naperville Park District began the process of creating a new strategic plan. The first step was to conduct a statistically valid community-wide survey, which was administered by aQity Research & Insights in April and May 2017.  Guided by the results of the 2017 Community Interest and Opinion Survey, the board of commissioners and staff worked through a series of planning exercises and met with facilitators Greg Kuhn and Jeanna Ballard from Northern Illinois University on November 8 and 11 to discuss the District’s progress, direction and goals relative to recreation and parks in the Naperville community.

The result of the sessions was the development of a new mission statement and a list of goals aligned with the District’s mission. All goals were reviewed and prioritized by the board of commissioners during the months of January and February 2018 and formally approved by the board on March 8, 2018.

2018-2020 Strategic Plan Update



2014-2016 Strategic Plan

In summer 2013, after having completed the goals relative to the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan well ahead of schedule, Park District board and staff embarked upon the creation of a new three-year plan.

Board, staff and key community members worked through a series of meetings on June 6, June 19 and July 18 to discuss the District’s progress, direction and goals relative to recreation in the Naperville community. These sessions were led by facilitator Andy Kindler.

The result of the sessions was the development of five major goals aligned with the District’s mission and several additional goals tied to the District’s Core Values. All goals were formally approved by the Park Board of Commissioners.

District staff will be working through the end of 2013 to establish objectives and time lines for each of the goals that are planned to be achieved by the end of 2016.

2010 - 2015 Strategic Plan (Completed)


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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.

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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