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Naperville Park District in the News

Park District Staff Authored Articles

Published in Parks & Recreation Magazine
Published in Parks & Recreation Business Magazine
Published in Parks & Recreation Business Magazine
Written by: Sameera Luthman
Published in Illinois Parks & Recreation Magazine
Written by: Sue Omanson
Published in the Naperville Sun Newspaper



Local Media Outlets

Naperville Sun – Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald
Positively Naperville
Naperville Patch
Naperville Community Television
Naperville Magazine

Naperville Park District in the Local Media: Recent Articles

Naperville outdoor skating rinks are open, but check status before you go
January 3, 2021 | Daily Herald

No shortage of news or drama in 2020
December 31, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Naperville sledding hils, rinks closed until weather colder
December 29, 2020 |

Remembering suburban leaders who passed away in 2020
December 29, 2020 | Daily Herald

Blood drive, Carillon concert - This Week in Naperville 
December 26, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Sled hills and ice rinks ready to open
December 26, 2020 | NCTV

Blood donations
December 23, 2020 | NCTV

Suburbs can accomodate your wish to ski, snowboard
December 23, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Sandoval honored for bringing esports to park district
December 23, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Who's running for the Naperville Park District Board of Commisisoners?
December 22, 2020 | NCTV

Chicago suburbs offer opportunities for outdoor ice skating, hiking
December 22, 2020 | Aurora Beacon News

December 22, 2020 | Positively Naperville

5 things to do in Naperville and the Fox Valley for New Year's Eve
December 18, 2020 | Naperville Sun

How to Properly Recycle Holiday Lights
December 10, 2020 | NCTV

Park District continues partnership with Versiti to host blood drives
December 9, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District partners with Versity to host blood drives
December 8, 2020 | Daily Herald

Naperville Park District Police welcomes donations for 2020 Toys for Tots
December 5, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Meet Santa at Santa's Workshop
December 4, 2020 | NCTV

Kiwanis Club of Naperville Supports Project One Day
December 1, 2020 | Daily Herald

Monument honoring Gold Star families being planned for Naperville's Veterans Park
November 25, 2020 | Naperville Sun

2020 Turkey Shoot continues tradition at Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Course, with modifications 
November 24, 2020 | Daily Herald

Santa to set up shop in Naperville’s Riverwalk Cafe, and will use ‘North Pole technology’ to talk to kids
November 20, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Santa's Naperville Workshop is set to open in Riverwalk Cafe
November 20, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District announces COVID-19 Tier 3 impacts
November 20, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Ready for update? Candidates for 2021 municipal elections are off and running
November 19, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Park District adjusts for Tier 3
November 19, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Community Christmas Meal for Seniors and Families in Need
November 19, 2020 |

Naperville Park District adjusts, looks ahead to 2021
November 18, 2020 | NCTV

Record turnout at Naperville Parks 2020 Pumpkin Smash
November 10, 2020 |

14,529 lbs. of pumpkins to be composted from Pumpkin Smash
November 10, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Pumpkin Smash at Ron Ory Community Garden Plots
November 8, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Pennies for Pies Goes Online
November 6, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Naperville Park District board to conduct virtual meetings beginning November 12
November 5, 2020 |

Halloween Nights Lights turns Centennial Beach into a spooky sight
October 31, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Free assistance with Medicare open enrollment now available; ends Dec. 7
October 27, 2020 |

Former Naperville parks director remembered as 'iconic figure'
October 27, 2020 | Daily Herald

Glen Ekey could be called 'Everyone's friend for Naperville'
October 27, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Remembering Naperville's Glen Ekey
October 23, 2020 | Naperville Community Television

Today we're remembering Glen Ekey
October 23, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Wolf's Crossing Community Park in Naperville 'substantially complete'
October 23, 2020 | Daily Herald

Riverwalk Master Plan gets support from Naperville Council
October 22, 2020 | Daily Herald

Naperville News Digets: New Wolf's Crossing Park opens Saturday; park police seeking Toys for Tots donations
October 22, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Naperville Park District Police welcomes donations for 2020 Toys for Tots
October 18, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Naperville Park District to host fall blood drives
October 18, 2020 |

Ron Ory Community Garden Plot valuneteers harvest donations for Loaves & Fishes
October 18, 2020 | Positively Naperville
Turkey Shoot
October 18, 2020 | Naperville Magazine

Garden Plot Volunteers Harvest Donations for Loaves & Fishes
October 17, 2020 |

How the pandemic reinvigorated suburban golf
October 17, 2020 | Daily Herald

Blood Drive
October 16, 2020 | Naperville Magazine

You be the judge — was an otter swimming in Naperville’s
paddleboat quarry or just a beaver?

October 14, 2020 | Naperville Sun

2020 Springbrook Golf Course Fall Scramble Results
October 15, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Fall Scramble Results at Springbrook Golf Course
October 13, 2020 |

Spotlight: Don Gingold
October 4, 2020 | Naperville Magazine

Gardening Season to End Oct. 12; Pumpkin Smash Set for Nov. 7 
October 2, 2020 |

Naperville Park District credits pandemic for record-setting year for golf and watercraft rentals
October 2, 2020 | Naperville Sun

Gardening Season to End Oct. 12; Pumpkin Smash Set for Nov. 7
October 2, 2020 | Positively Naperville

Five Autumnal Day Trips for Misanthropes
September 29, 2020 | Chicago Magazine

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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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