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Naperville Park District Achieves National Reaccreditation with 100% Score

At the recent national conference of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Naperville Park District received the official news of its reaccreditation through NRPA’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The District once again achieved a perfect score on the assessment following a year-long process of documentation and a three-day review by independent CAPRA evaluators.

 “The CAPRA accreditation process ensures that we take a comprehensive look at all aspects of operations,” explained Executive Director Ray McGury. “This review, along with the evaluation by outside professionals, helps us provide the highest quality of service to our community.”

Naperville Park District achieved its initial CAPRA accreditation in 2011, one of only two Illinois park districts to attain national accreditation. Currently, only 192 park and recreation agencies across the country are CAPRA accredited, including 8 other Illinois park districts.

The CAPRA re-accreditation process requires ongoing compliance with a comprehensive list of 154 standards of excellence by submitting annual reports and undergoing a complete re-assessment every five years.  Earlier in 2021 Naperville Park District staff completed a self-assessment and hosted a three-day virtual visit with independent CAPRA evaluators. The District showcased its parks and facilities through video tours and met with the evaluators over Zoom. The reviewers submitted their report to the CAPRA commission, which confirmed that the Naperville Park District met all of the standards with a 100% score.

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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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