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Knoch Knolls Nature Center to Reopen July 17

Naperville Park District plans to reopen Knoch Knolls Nature Center for public, drop-in visits on Friday and Saturday mornings beginning Friday, July 17. Some restrictions and guidelines for facility visitors are in place and are listed online at

 “We are happy to welcome visitors back to the Nature Center,” said Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman. “Families now can plan to stop by during our public hours and view the exhibits including the aquarium, live animal exhibits and educational signage.”

During Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, a maximum of 10 people at a time may enter the exhibit area and face coverings are required at all times while inside the Nature Center. Visitors are asked to stay 6 feet from others while inside the facility and conduct a self-assessment prior to arriving at the Nature Center and not visit if exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

Knoch Knolls Park is open from sunrise to one hour after sunset, with five and a half miles of trails, outdoor educational signs, parking and restrooms (accessible only from the outdoor entrance). Three mobile tours are available by calling 630-315-9156; data charges may apply. The playground is open but limited to 50 persons at one time and the 18-hole disc golf course is open during regular park hours.

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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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