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95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad Set to Open July 9

Families looking for a place to cool off and have fun in this hot summer weather soon will have a new place to go. The Naperville Park District received a license this week to open the splash pad at the 95th Street Community Plaza. Beginning Thursday, July 9, the splash pad will be available for public use, along with the entire plaza.  This beautiful new destination features a storybook-themed playground, the District’s first splash pad, restrooms, Wagner Family Pavilion and lawn, shaded seating areas, pathways and landscaping.

Take a photo tour of the plaza in this ParkTalk Blog post.

The Park District reminds visitors to the plaza to follow the social distancing guidelines posted at the site. Please note that a maximum of 50 people can be inside the splash pad at any given time.  Hours for the splash pad are 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

The Park District will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 95th Street Community Plaza on Thursday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. The new plaza is located just south of the 95th Street Library on Cedar Glade Drive.

“The plaza is even more beautiful than we imagined it would be,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “We can’t wait for people to see it and we know that it will become a favorite destination for the community for many years to come.”

In 2017, Karen Dunford, former manager of the 95th Street Library and now deputy director for Naperville Public Library, envisioned a new community plaza at the north end of Frontier Sports Complex, adjacent to the library and across the street from Neuqua Valley High School’s Birkett Freshman Center. Students would have an outdoor space for studying and socializing, some library activities could be held outdoors, and people of all ages could take a walk, meet a friend, and enjoy a beautiful setting close to many businesses and community assets. With funding available from the land-cash dedication required by the new residential development at Wagner Farms Subdivision, the Park District was able to take the lead in planning and constructing the new community plaza. Over and above the cash-in-lieu donation, Pulte Homes made a generous donation in collaboration with the Wagner family to name the Wagner Family Pavilion.

Guided by input received from library patrons, high school students and other residents responding online, the Park District added to the concept a splash pad, a performance pavilion and lawn, a storybook-themed playground and restrooms. The project groundbreaking took place on May 22, 2019 and the first phase of the project was constructed during 2019, with the final phase just completed in summer 2020.


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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.

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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