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Drone Flying at Brush Hill Park

The Naperville Park District permits drone flying at Brush Hill Park, located at 203 N. Whispering Hills Road. The Park District has modified its Ordinance 641 to allow for the designation of an area for this purpose.

The designated area at Brush Hill Park is clearly marked and rules/regulation signage is posted. The following site map shows the drone operation area.

It is important to note that flying drones in any other Park District locations is prohibited.

Rules and Regulations of Drone Operation

All drone operators must be FAA registered users and are required to adhere to the following rules:

  • All drone operators must be FAA registered if they are flying a drone with a weight greater than .55 pounds
  • Drones must weigh less than 55 lbs.
  • Drones must be labeled with registration number if weight is greater than .55 lbs
  • Drones with cameras are not permitted to be recording
  • Drone flying is for recreation only; racing or competitions are not allowed
  • Drone flying must be within the designated area and within a visual line-of-sight
  • Do not fly drone near other drones or over people
  • Be familiar with the Park District's Ordinance 641, Section 2.01
  • FAA rules and regulations can be found online at


Drone operators who are found to be in violation of the Ordinance or are not registered users may be subject to fines.


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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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