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A Message from the Executive Director - Autumn 2018

Dear Friend of the Naperville Park District:

Over the past year, the Naperville Park District has introduced several new ways to communicate with our residents, reflecting the changes in available technology and the active, busy lives that people lead. Our mobile-friendly website, rolled out in January, gives residents access to the information they need the most while on the go, 24 hours a day. The website also includes more photos, videos and graphics, which many users prefer. The new ParkTalk podcast, available at www.napervilleparks.org/podcasts and on iTunes and Google Play Music, provides audio content on a wide range of topics, allowing listeners to tune in when convenient for them. Additionally, our new 311 Parks service gives park visitors the means to contact the Park District from a mobile phone to inform staff of conditions in the parks that need attention. The 311 Parks system can be accessed via a link, http://311parks.napervilleparks.org/open.php or from the Naperville Park District App, available for download on iPhone or Android. We’ve also noted that social media use continues to grow, and serves as a valuable means of two-way communication with residents. The community also has participated enthusiastically in online surveys in greater numbers, from voting for concert locations to providing feedback about the future development of Southwest Community Park.

One additional change is that this letter, which in the past has been published in the Program Guide, will be published only in digital form, both on our website and in e-mails to you, our e-news subscribers. In place of this letter in the Program Guide we plan to introduce a series of infographics that provide an easy-to-read overview about various Park District themes that can help residents better understand our operations.

Looking toward fall, as students in Districts 203 and 204 head back to school, trends indicate that many will continue to experience economic need. Over the past ten years, the Park District’s Fee Assistance Program (formerly the Scholarship Program) has been available to help families enjoy recreation programs that they otherwise could not afford. Participation in the program has increased each year, and some of the costs have been covered by individual donations and fundraising by the Naperville Parks Foundation. As a new initiative in 2018, the Park District is coordinating a series of monthly restaurant fundraisers to support the Fee Assistance Program. Please join us if you can. Details are available at www.napervilleparks.org/fundraisers. Just print or download the relevant flyer to present at each restaurant, purchase lunch or dinner and the proceeds will be donated to the Fee Assistance Program.

Fall is a great time for enjoying outdoor sports and activities. Partnering with the National Football League, Naperville Park District is offering a flag football league for boys and girls ages 6-13 for fall 2018. Similar to the popular Naperville Youth Soccer, the new flag football league will give kids an opportunity to enjoy learning the sport in a fun setting and to benefit from positive coaching that helps every child succeed. Another sport that is expanding in Naperville is pickleball. Fort Hill Activity Center has attracted a core group of players who enjoy year-round pickleball indoors, but the demand for outdoor pickleball has grown as well. Adding to the existing tennis courts that are also lined for pickleball at Ranchview Park, DuPage River Sports Complex and Nike Sports Complex, the Park District is installing dedicated pickleball courts at Nike Sports Complex. It’s exciting to see more people learn and enjoy this fun sport that also gives a great workout.

Of course, the mild early fall weather is great for walking, bicycling and enjoying many other activities in our parks. For those looking to include a full body workout in addition to cardio exercise outdoors, there are fitness stations at Meadow Glens, Nike Sports Complex and Commissioners Park.  And, new this year, our fitness staff is offering an Outdoor FIT boot camp (Functional Interval Training) at Nike Sports Complex, providing an efficient and challenging workout while outdoors in a park setting.

Wishing you a happy and healthy fall season!

Sincerely,

Ray McGury

Executive Director

Naperville Park District


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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.

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