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The Naperville Park District recognizes the importance of recreation and the health and wellness benefits it provides to people of all ages, both from a physical and mental standpoint. The Park District's Fee Assistance Program gives residents experiencing financial hardships the opportunity to enjoy recreation programs and realize the benefits of physical activity and socialization that many people take for granted.
More Naperville residents than you might think are facing financial hardship. The Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program gives those in financial need the benefits of recreation. Here are some key facts:
  • 16% of students in Naperville School Districts 203 and 204 receive public aid
  • Since 2008, the Park District's Fee Assistance Program has grown 442%
  • In 2019, 457 individuals of all ages benefited from the Fee Assistance Program by participating in recreation activities

Your donation of any amount can help provide experiences like summer camp, Centennial Beach memberships, preschool and senior exercise programs. Participants benefit from boosting emotional health and fitness, making social connections and much more.
  • Naperville School Districts 203 and 204 have reported significant numbers of low income and homeless students.
  • Physical activity is linked to better performance in school and increased emotional health.
  • The Park District is committed to providing solutions in the fight against obesity. That means making recreation programs accessible to everyone.
  • The Park District offers a wide range of programs (sports, arts, environmental, etc.) in a recreational environment. Oftentimes, regardless of the type of activity, participants take away important life lessons or discover something that they’re passionate about. This can lead to greater fulfillment in life and increased satisfaction in general.

Stories from Participants

"My twin boys, who are four years old, are enrolled in an art in action class. October 3rd was their first class.  The very next day, when they woke up, they both asked me, 'Are we going back to that class, where we built a guitar?  We want to go there TODAY!' They truly enjoy it and their teacher is so wonderful and so great with kids! " - Parent 1

"I have kids with sensory issues and it is very challenging to make sure that my children are getting enough sensory stimulation throughout the day. Through the fee assistance program I was able to get them into a few different activities throughout the year to keep them engaged and active. It also gives me the ability to engage with my community and feel connected to other moms in the area." - Parent 2
The District continues to serve a growing need through its Fee Assistance Program, which is illustrated in the chart below.
Your donation of any amount can help offset some of the costs associated with providing free programs for those in need. Thank you in advance for your consideration and generous support.


  • The Fee Assistance Program is available to Naperville Park District residents only. 
  • Assistance is awarded to applicants and dependent household members only.
  •  Proof of dependents must be submitted through submission of one of the following:
    • Applicant’s 1040 tax form for the prior year
    • SNAP approval letter with dependents listed
    • AllKids healthcare programs card listing dependents
  • Applicants must supply the Naperville Park District with documentation of participation in one of the following programs at the time of application:
    • SNAP or Free School Lunch program or documentation of household gross income within the free limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines

Program Guidelines

  • Assistance is issued for one year. An applicant must reapply at the end of each calendar year in order to be considered for future assistance. All assistance expires on December 31 of the current year unless otherwise stated.
  • Approved applicants will receive assistance for one program per Program Guide season, up to a maximum amount of $100. Requests to cancel and transfer to another class must be received 72 hours prior to the start of class in order to use funds for another program within that Program Guide season. If the class is a one-day class, cancellation requests must be received one week in advance. Trips cannot be cancelled and are not transferable.
  • Eligible activities include most programs and Centennial Beach memberships. Assistance may not be used for facility rentals or applied to programs and facilities that require a daily fee for entrance. Beach memberships are non-refundable.
  • Approved applicants ages 15 and up may choose to purchase a quarterly fitness membership at a reduced rate of $52.50 or a group fitness membership at a reduced rate of $45.00. For further information or to apply for a membership please visit the Fort Hill Activity Center located at 20 Fort Hill Drive. Memberships are nonrefundable.
  • The preschool maximum assistance award is $300, comprised of three, $100.00 fee waivers for October (fall), January (winter) and March (spring). Applicants must renew their application by December 30 to be considered for winter and spring assistance.
  • All requests for assistance must be received a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start of any requested program/activity. Upon completion of the application, the Park District will notify the applicant within 2 weeks of their assistance status. The Naperville Park District reserves the right to approve full funding or deny an applicant’s request.
  • All information on the application must be true and accurate. Applicants will be required to provide proof of dependents and may be required to provide additional financial information. The submittal of false information will nullify any request for waiver of program fees.
  • All information in confidential and not a matter of public record.
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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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