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A Message from the Executive Director - Summer 2021

Dear Friends of the Naperville Park District:

Summer is back! Once again, we hear children laughing, lifeguards announcing safety breaks and swimmers diving into the water as Centennial Beach opens for the season. Naperville Park District has so much to offer the community this summer. In addition to more facilities and activities opening up, the District has completed new projects since 2020 and expanded programs to make them more accessible to everyone. We are especially proud to offer two new splash pads, one at the 95th Street Community Plaza and one at Wolf’s Crossing Community Park. These are free to the public and open from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Additionally, Midday Spray is coming back to Rotary Hill starting June 14, providing another place where kids can run through the sprinklers to cool off and parents can enjoy relaxing in the shade with neighbors and friends.

This summer, in particular, is a great time to remind everyone of the dynamic and unique recreation opportunities available in Naperville, knowing that for many, vacation travel is still difficult. You may have noticed a new tag line and logo, Park It in Naperville, in our digital Program Guide and across other communications. This is a year-long campaign to highlight fun, seasonal activities that families can enjoy together as a special weekend or weekday outing. The new Park It in Naperville webpage posts several suggestions for free or low cost summer activities at

As Illinois moves toward reopening and easing pandemic restrictions, the Park District continues to follow state guidelines for COVID-19 safety measures and will maintain options such as virtual programs and outdoor programs where practical. Now that the nicer weather has arrived, some of our fitness classes have moved outdoors, and include weekly programs and 1-day programs, with some held at the nearby Noon Whistle Brewing.

Lastly, we’re glad to welcome back a full schedule of free, outdoor events for the community to enjoy this summer. The Frontier Kite Fly, Earth Day Fair, Concerts in Your Park, Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment, A Night at the Movies, Friday Night Acoustics and the 95th Street Farmers Market will provide opportunities to see friends, meet new people and gather, once again, as a community.  Wagner Family Pavilion at the 95th Street Community Plaza will host several programs, including a new series of musical performances by Brightside Theatre. A special thanks to our sponsors who support these free programs.

Wishing you a happy and healthy summer!

Be well,

Ray McGury

Executive Director

Naperville Park District

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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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