April 25 Public Meeting for Southwest Community Park Master Plan

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The Naperville Park District invites residents to a 7:00 p.m. meeting on Wed., April 25 at Fort Hill Activity Center to review and discuss conceptual plans for its last, large-scale undeveloped park—Southwest Community Park. The meeting will begin with a presentation of a preliminary concept for the park based on community input gathered earlier this spring.  Residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the plans.

The April 25 meeting is part of the Naperville Park District’s public engagement process in developing a master plan for 33-acre Southwest Community Park, located at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road. As a first step in the process, the District hosted a public meeting on March 1, with more than 40 people in attendance. Attendees were asked to name and prioritize recreational features that they desire at the park. Additional feedback came from email correspondence following the meeting and from meetings with representatives from interested community groups.

Community engagement will continue after the April 25 meeting with a week-long comment period. Those who wish to share their ideas and were unable to attend the April 25 meeting may email their comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through May 2.

Following further review and development of the master plan concepts by the District’s staff and consultants, a draft master plan will be presented to the board of commissioners for discussion at a board meeting in May or June. A completed master plan will be brought to the board for approval in summer 2018. The master plan will guide the District in future development of the park, which most likely will span multiple years, depending on needs, costs and funding.

Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive. The April 25 meeting will take place on the first floor in the multi-purpose rooms.


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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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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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