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A Message from the Executive Director - Spring 2021

Dear Friends of the Naperville Park District:

As we look forward to spring, especially after experiencing the challenges of this past year, the Naperville Park District once again offers residents many opportunities to enjoy favorite parks and activities as warmer weather returns. Our Spring 2021 Program Guide, now available exclusively online, has something for nearly every age and interest. In addition, this spring, the Park District will officially celebrate the completion of Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, our newest park, located in southwest Naperville at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road. With most of the construction finished in October 2020, parts of the park were able to open last fall. This spring we will open the splash pad for the first time and the turf areas that were seeded last fall will be accessible. To officially celebrate this new space, the Park District will host a simple grand opening ceremony in the afternoon of Thursday, May 20. Additional details will be available on our website later this spring as well as via our e-news and social media channels.

More than ever, we are aware of the health benefits of spending time outdoors in beautiful parks, connecting with others and pursuing recreational activities that refresh, educate and energize. As a public agency serving the Naperville community, the Park District is committed to continuing to provide accessible and affordable recreation experiences for our diverse community. Our Master Plan helps ensure that parks and amenities are planned equitably throughout the geographic regions of the city and our Recreation Programming Plan guides program and activity development to reflect diverse skill levels, abilities, income levels, interests, backgrounds, ages, and genders. Many of our community events are free, thanks to the support of sponsors and volunteers, and for those experiencing financial need, the District offers a Fee Assistance Program to provide recreation programs at no cost.

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park is an example of a park that was developed to serve a variety of needs as communicated by residents. This 33-acre park took shape through a process of community outreach that incorporated ideas from more than 2,000 individuals who attended meetings, completed surveys or provided input via email or by phone. The Park District was able to include in the park plans a splash pad, playground and nature play area requested by families with children, pickleball courts desired by active senior adults, athletic fields to meet the needs of youth and adult sports enthusiasts, a challenge course for teens and young adults, and trails and picnic shelters for all ages. The park is open for everyone’s enjoyment and park amenities are designed to be accessible to all abilities.

Parks provide an ideal space for gatherings, both impromptu and planned. We look forward to seeing parks once again host family and neighborhood picnics, outdoor concerts, camps, sports games and tournaments, fundraisers, volunteer projects and many other cultural events. As our community becomes more diverse, parks can help provide common ground, a sense of community and a place to meet neighbors and make new friends in engaging and attractive surroundings.  

Wishing you a happy and healthy spring!

Be well,

Ray McGury
Executive Director
Naperville Park District


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