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Green Initiatives

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In 2009, the Naperville Park District formed an employee Green Team with a mission to identify, implement, and track environmental initiatives that are aligned with the Park District’s mission.
 
Naperville Park District Environmental Policy
As part of our national accreditation process in 2011, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners approved an Environmental Policy that sets priorities for environmental stewardship.
 
2017 Sustainability Report
Click here to download the 2017 Sustainability Report.
 
 
2018 Initiatives

What the Park District is doing:
Expanding use of organic products across the District

Adding monarch butterfly habitat in several locations

What you can do:
Volunteer for an Earth Week Naperville project April 21-28.
Adopt-A-Park, Field or Trail
Protect river wildlife by allowing ducks and geese to feed naturally

Protecting Our Fresh Water Resources
Learn more about how the Naperville Park District is protecting water quality in our local streams through a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
 
Eco-friendly Park Maintenance Practices
The environmental stewardship and conservation page is to provide information to our residents and park patrons regarding park maintenance policies, procedures and practices and how you can help the Naperville Park District parks department in managing its natural resources. Learn more
 
LEED Certified Green Buildings
Knoch Knolls Nature Center – A LEED Platinum Certified Facility
Contact the Nature Center manager at 630-864-3962 to register for a free group tour of Knoch Knolls Nature Center
South Maintenance Facility - A LEED Silver Certified Facility
 
Volunteer your time
Serve your community with your time and talents!! The Naperville Park District relies on many different kinds of volunteers throughout the year to make its programs and events successful. We need receptionists for our senior adult programs, special event helpers, coaches for youth sports, and more! If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the community, please consider volunteering with us!

Volunteering with the Park District is a great way to meet and socialize with others, share your expertise, help fellow community members - and have fun!
Volunteer today
 
Recycle in our Parks
Look for the blue recycling containers next to the trash containers in our parks. You can recycle plastic, aluminum and glass in the same container. Please keep trash separate. Thanks for your help.
 
Recycle at Home
Take advantage of the City of Naperville’s recycling drop-off program at the Public Works Facility and at the Hazardous Waste Drop Off Center, both located on Fort Hill Drive in Naperville.

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To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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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.

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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.

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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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