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Protecting Our Fresh Water Resources

One of the most important natural resources in Naperville is the DuPage River. The river first drew early settlers here and continues to shape the community, with the beloved Riverwalk winding along its banks through downtown, and many bicycle trails, parks and residential developments overlooking its scenic flow.

The Naperville Park District, together with other agencies and individuals throughout the region, is working to improve and protect the water quality of the river, so that fish, plants and other wildlife can thrive and so that people can enjoy and appreciate it.

With the assistance of a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, the Naperville Park District has made improvements at four parks that will help protect water quality in the DuPage River and other local streams.  These improvements are called “Best Management Practices" (BMPs).  Each of the BMPs helps reduce the amount of water pollution carried by stormwater from each of the park sites to the river.

Water Quality Improvement Project:  Locations
Water quality improvements, or BMPs, were completed at four parks:  Seager Park, Knoch Park, Pioneer Park, and Weigand Riverfront Park.  
View a map of the projects in relation to the DuPage River here.


Best Management Practices

For More Information
Other organizations working to protect the DuPage River 
What you can do at home to improve the water quality of the DuPage River
DuPage County Stormwater Ordinances and Initiatives
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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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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