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Commercial Licenses

Commercial Use of Parks

Commercial Use Licenses are required for individuals/organizations/businesses wishing to utilize a park facility for commercial business purposes.  Commercial business purposes include any activity for gain or for which any charge is made or any commercial sale, rental, exhibition, or distribution of goods or services, including without limitation the giving of instruction or lessons for a fee, upon District Property.  Examples include, but are not limited to, organized camps, classes, clinics, instruction, tours, merchandise sales, food & beverage sales, etc.  The District shall not issue any Permit for an individual/organization/business to engage in any such activity that is deemed to be in conflict or in competition with District programs. .  In addition, the District shall not issue any Permit for a person to engage in any such activity on the District property known as the Riverwalk.  Team use of parks by athletic organizations for practices and games are subject to the policies and procedures within the Naperville Park District Athletic Field-Facility Allocation and Usage Guide and does not require submittal of an application for a Commercial Use License.  If the intended use of the park is for photography, the applicant must submit a Photography Permit Application.

Individuals/organizations/businesses interested in applying for a permit must submit a completed Commercial Use and Vendor License Application A certificate of insurance naming the Naperville Park District as additionally insured is required.  A copy of the County Health Department Permit is required for food & beverage Commercial Use applications.

License Fees*:

Instruction and Non-Food & Beverage:  $50 per month or $300 for an annual permit

Food & Beverage Sales: $250 per month or $1,000 for an annual permit

*Note: Permit fees may be waived if the applicant is conducting business in support of an event/rental that has been permitted within the park (i.e. park rentals, community events, etc.)


Photography in Parks

Photography by commercial photographers is allowed on Naperville Park District property without a permit under the following conditions:

1) that the photography and associated activity do not, regardless of duration, unreasonably interfere with usage by other persons;

2) in addition, no one location within a park may be used by the photographer for more than 15 minutes for any of the photographic activities; and

3) in addition, no one park may be used by the photographer for more than an aggregate total of 60 minutes on any single calendar day for any of the photographic activities. 

Photographers unable to meet these conditions must apply for and receive a permit from the Park District, and pay associated permit fees, prior to using or advertising the use of District property.  Examples of commercial photography include, but are not limited to, wedding photography, individual portraits, family portraits, high school senior photos, graduation photos, group photos, and any photography being done that will be used in the production of any marketing materials, public service announcements, documentaries, training films, television films or series, student films, independent films, feature films or commercial art.

Photographers interested in applying for a permit must submit a completed Photography Permit Application A certificate of insurance naming the Naperville Park District as additionally insured may be required.

Permit Fees:
     $50 per month or $300 for an annual permit

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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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