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Community Invited to Celebrate the Opening of Fort Hill’s New Studio D on Oct. 25

Join Naperville Park District at 11:30 a.m. for a ribbon cutting and festivities

Construction is complete on the expansion project at Fort Hill Activity Center, opening up nearly 4,000 square feet of additional space for group exercise classes. Dubbed “Studio D,” this new fitness space will make its official debut at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 25. The community is invited to attend this special event, which will begin with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony.  Following the ribbon cutting, guests are welcome to participate in a complimentary 45-minute yoga class with Meg’n Braida, enjoy light refreshments, and enter a drawing for a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate.

The expansion project began in late May 2019 with the goal to build out an area on the second floor of Fort Hill Activity Center to create a large group exercise studio to accommodate the growing number of participants in several popular classes, which had outgrown the available studio space.  The Studio D addition completes the last remaining space available for expansion at the facility.

Since its opening in August 2016, Fort Hill Activity Center has quickly become a center for healthy physical activity year round for all ages and abilities with nearly 9,000 fitness, track and open gym memberships and thousands more who participate each year in programs held at the facility. Financially self-sustaining, the facility has enabled the Park District to offer new basketball and gymnastics programs for kids, a variety of sports and programmed activities for adults, and state-of-the-art fitness space available via membership or on a daily fee basis.   

“It’s exciting to see how Fort Hill Activity Center is fulfilling the vision that our board and staff had when building this facility,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “On any day of the week, you can see parents grabbing a quick workout or enjoying a walk on the track while their kids are in their own classes, and there are seniors playing pickleball and then meeting up with friends, all under the same roof. It’s truly a community gathering place that helps people live a healthy lifestyle.”

Fort Hill has earned several awards for its design and construction and recently was voted the best family fitness center in Naperville by Glancer Magazine in the annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Past awards include Outstanding Facility Award from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (2018) and Public Works Project of the Year (2018) from the American Public Works Association.

 Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville.

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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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