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A Message from the Executive Director - Autumn 2021

Dear Friends of the Naperville Park District:

The fall season in Illinois often brings some of the best weather of the year. Although it’s also a busy time for families as children adjust to school routines, it’s important for everyone’s physical and mental health to take time to enjoy the outdoors whenever possible. Naperville Park District provides a wealth of outdoor places, events and programs this fall for you to discover and enjoy.

Need an incentive to go outside and get moving? Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Healthy Driven Take a Hike! Challenge starts September 1 and runs through October 27. Visit eehealth.org/takeahike to receive an interactive hiking map, special event details, opportunities to receive commemorative awards and more. Walking in nature has surprising health benefits including boosting your immune system, reducing anxiety, lifting your mood and increasing creative thinking. Naperville Park District offers more than 20 miles of paved trails and an additional 60 miles of other types of trails to explore. Visit napervilleparks.org/knochknolls for trail maps of Knoch Knolls Park and other regional trail guides.

In addition to providing a variety of trails, Knoch Knolls Park is home to the District’s 18-hole disc golf course, which is free and open to the public 7 days a week from sunrise to one hour after sunset. Disc golf is a fast-growing sport that almost anyone can play regardless of skill, so it makes a fun family activity. Knoch Knolls Park also provides access to the DuPage River, where visitors can launch a canoe, try fishing or just enjoy watching wildlife and the changing fall landscape along the river’s edge.

As the pandemic continues, so does the appeal of outdoor, individual sports like tennis, pickleball and golf. The Park District opened new tennis and pickleball courts this year at Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, to add to the available courts in other locations, and offers tennis and pickleball programs for different skill levels. Both Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses are undergoing course improvement projects this fall, but will remain open for play throughout the process. Junior and adult golf lessons and leagues continue into fall, with course play open for as long as weather permits.

Family, corporate and social events can easily move outdoors, with park rentals available at community park pavilions for larger parties. View the rentable parks and complete a rental form at napervilleparks.org/parkrentals.  Another option for an outdoor fall gathering is to reserve a group hayride at Knoch Knolls or Seager Park, available on weekends in October. For smaller, informal gatherings, there are picnic shelters at neighborhood parks available on a first come, first served basis. Or bring lawn chairs or blankets to gather with friends at Rotary Hill or any park to enjoy the setting and amenities.

The Park District is grateful to many community businesses and organizations that partner with us to sponsor free community events. We look forward to hosting A Night at the Movies on August 27, September 3 and September 17, Wonderful World of Wheels on September 20 and Halloween Happening on October 24. Check the 2021 Autumn Program Guide for details about these and other fall events at napervilleparks.org/programguides. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy fall!

Be well,

 

Ray McGury

Executive Director

Naperville Park District


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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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