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A Message from the Executive Director - Preparing to Reopen

A Message from the Executive Director
Naperville Park District Prepares to Open in Alignment with Phase 3 Guidelines of Restore Illinois Plan


Dear Residents of the Naperville Park District:

The Park District is taking a proactive stance to keep our program participants and facility guests healthy and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. We are currently operating and will continue to operate within the applicable parameters of the Governor’s Executive Order so that we can fulfill our mission to provide recreation opportunities for our residents. We understand that an important part of being healthy includes staying active. Although we recently introduced a wide variety of virtual activities, the fact is that many of our programs, including our summer camps, are set up for in-person participation. For all of these in-person activities, the Park District will be following guidelines received from health officials regarding best practices to reduce the risk of contagion.

Beginning June 1, the Naperville Park District will begin to reopen some of its facilities and reintroduce programs in line with the Governor’s Restore Illinois 5-Phase Reopening Plan. With Phase 3 set to begin later this month, the Park District has adjusted its program parameters to adhere to social distancing guidelines while reducing program sizes to ensure that we meet the stated requirements of a maximum group size of 10 people. This applies to all programs including our summer camps. Once we move into Phase 4, the District will consider implementing additional program modifications to adhere to the maximum group size of 50 people or fewer.

The Park District is using the following criteria in planning for its onsite activities:

  • Reducing Program Sizes

Alternate program times, locations, and reductions in participant levels are being implemented within programs. We also are using multiple areas of parks, and when possible, providing options for semi-private and private instruction.

  • Practicing Good Hygiene 
    More frequent hand washing requirements have been implemented within programs, such as at the beginning and ending of programs for youth, or the availability of hand sanitizer for adults. Also, depending upon program activity types, additional handwashing breaks may be included.
  • Staggering of Program Start Times 

To avoid large gatherings during program check-in and check-out times, we are staggering class, camp, and game start times.

  • Increasing Equipment Cleaning 

New standards have been implemented to ensure the regular cleaning of equipment. Additionally, disinfecting wipes are available in several facilities for program participants to wipe down equipment after they have used it.

  • Modifying Program Activities

Park District day camp experiences have been adjusted by eliminating large gatherings and focusing more on outdoor activities, hikes, etc., and bringing entertainment to camps/programs versus taking a field trip. 


Over the next few weeks, additional facilities will open, summer program registration will begin on June 1 and many summer programs will start the week of June 15. Again, it is important to understand that the programs and facilities that will be running are a part of the Phase 3 reopening. Examples of programs and facilities reopening in June include:


  • Paddleboat Quarry
  • Disc golf at Knoch Knolls Park
  • Skate facilities at Centennial Park and Frontier Sports Complex
  • 95th Street Farmer’s Market
  • T-Ball, Coach-Pitch and Girls’ Softball practices
  • Summer Day Camps

These facilities and programs will join the already reopened Springbrook and Naperbrook golf courses, which will be expanded to include the driving range, foursomes, and carts (with one person to a cart), the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots and tennis and pickleball courts across the District.

Basketball rims and volleyball nets also will be reinstalled in early June and will be available for public use.  We remind all individuals to follow social distancing guidelines of staying a minimum of six feet away from others. When these parameters cannot be followed, then a face covering needs to be worn.

Under the Governor’s revised Restore Illinois Plan for Phase 3, we also will be able to offer some select one on one training and some smaller group activities at the Fort Hill Activity Center. Currently, drop-in use of the Fort Hill Activity Center is not available.

Additionally, the District will be introducing new reservation technology to assist with operations and limit group sizes at facilities such as the Paddleboat Quarry and Fort Hill as we begin to reopen. Details will be provided once the system is ready to be rolled out. 

Regarding Centennial Beach operations, the District is awaiting regulatory guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, although a tentative opening date of June 20 has been established.

The recent legal action that the Park Board chose to pursue at its meeting on Thursday, May 14, is to seek a determination that the Park District may exercise its statutory authority to make decisions about the organization’s essential functions. This includes the operation of District programs and the use of District property independently of the specific dictates of the Governor’s Executive Order. As a local unit of government, the District’s operations are recognized as essential under the Executive Order, but the order itself improperly interferes with the Park Board’s ability to make their own decisions.

We want our residents to understand that we take very seriously the well-being of our community and nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our participants and guests. However, we also understand that this suspension of access to recreation programs and facilities has resulted in a negative effect on our community’s overall physical and mental wellness. We know that it’s time to get back to recreation in Naperville and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.



Ray McGury

Executive Director and Acting Chief of Park Police

Naperville Park District



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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.

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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