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March 1 Public Meeting to Kick Off Master Plan for Southwest Community Park

The Naperville Park District invites residents to a 7:00 p.m. meeting on Thursday, March 1 at Fort Hill Activity Center to begin the master planning process for its last, large-scale undeveloped park—Southwest Community Park. Following a presentation by the Park District’s consultant and staff,  residents will have the opportunity to provide ideas for park amenities and recreational activities for 30-acre Southwest Community Park, located at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road.

Community input is an essential component of developing the Southwest Community Park Master Plan. In lieu of attending, you may share input by emailing Eric Shutes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. March 2 through Friday, March 9.

“Southwest Community Park will serve the entire community, as well as residents who live in the southwest area of the city,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “We encourage residents to attend the meeting and to let us know their opinions and insight so that the master plan will better reflect the needs and wants of the community.”

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

Aerial photo by Diamond Head Productions.


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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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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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