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A Message from the Executive Director - Winter 2021

Dear Friends of the Naperville Park District:

The winter season is here, and I want to encourage you to take advantage of what the Naperville Park District offers that can help preserve your health and wellness. One of the easiest ways to boost your health, mood and immune system is to step outside and take a brisk walk. And, while you’re on a walk around your neighborhood, consider checking out a nearby neighborhood park, or take a short drive to one of the larger community parks and discover a wide variety of trails and open spaces and other amenities to explore.

To paraphrase an old quote about Chicago’s weather that really applies to the region: if you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes.  Our winter weather can range from sunny and in the 50s to the more typical cold temperatures with varying amounts of snow on the ground. For ideas about winter outdoor recreation in all kinds of weather, check out the infographic in the digital-only version of the Winter 2021 Program Guide and online at Some of the activities suggested for milder weather include playing disc golf at the 18-hole course at Knoch Knolls Park or working out at the outdoor fitness stations available at several parks; in typical wintry weather, sledding and ice skating can be enjoyed. Additionally, runners can be active using our multi-use trails, some of which are regularly cleared of snow. A special thanks to Naperville Running Company for a partnership that supports the costs associated with snow removal on the trail at Frontier Sports Complex.

In addition to outdoor recreation, the Park District provides a variety of virtual and in-person programs to help you connect with others, learn something new, and stay physically active. New virtual programs include Conversational Spanish, with separate sessions for children, teens and adults, Nature Bingo Night for kids and families, and BIG Moves—a fitness class for those living with Parkinson’s. New in-person programs include Junior Hybrid Fitness for ages 11-14, Kids Kung Fu Practice, and Outdoor Bingo for seniors.

As we approach the holiday season, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year, recall and be thankful for the bright moments and express appreciation for our community. Despite many changes and disappointments due to the pandemic, we were able to continue to provide new events and programs, which many of you attended and supported. We also are grateful for our sponsors and advertisers who helped make possible some of our free community events and continued providing support of our facilities and ongoing programs like youth athletics. In addition, many individuals in the community participated in several campaigns to benefit those in need, including Pennies for Pies, Toys for Tots, the Community Christmas Meal, and the Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.

Our Park District staff and board members look forward to continuing to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community in 2021 and beyond. We are proud to create opportunities for our residents to be active, have fun and make memories, whether at home or at one of the many beautiful parks and unique facilities that make Naperville a great place in which to live.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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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