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Naperville Park District Announces COVID-19 Tier 3 Impacts

Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations required by Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order are set to begin November 20 in response to recent increases in coronavirus cases. Naperville Park District has posted new restrictions and guidelines for its facilities and programs at     

Fort Hill Activity Center is open for members only for use of the fitness center and track. Face coverings are required at all times, even when exercising, and users must make reservations in advance through the NaperParks app to use the facilities. Both the fitness center and track will operate with a 25% maximum capacity and locker rooms are closed. All indoor athletic and other recreational programs are cancelled, with the exception of personal training or one-on-one instruction. Fort Hill Fitness continues to offer virtual group exercise classes and will add more virtual classes in lieu of in-person programs.

As of Friday, November 20, Knoch Knolls Nature Center will close temporarily until further notice. The outdoor amenities at Knoch Knolls Park remain available for use, including the 18-hole disc golf course, playground, and trails.

Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses will remain open as weather allows, with no additional restrictions required. Sportsman’s Trapshooting Range will maintain its Thursday and Sunday hours; however, reservations will be required. Park District outdoor amenities such as playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts, trails and fields will be open, with the caveat that gathering at any one location is restricted to ten or fewer persons. Teams may practice outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer with social distancing; competitive play is not permissible.

If Tier 3 mitigation requirements are lifted during a program session the Park District will contact participants with additional information for resuming the program.  Participants will receive a refund at the conclusion of the program session for classes or practices that are missed as a result of the program suspension. 

“We encourage community members to find activities to enjoy outdoors or virtually while Tier 3 restrictions are in place,” said Brad Wilson, director of recreation and facilities. “We appreciate our residents’ support and patience while we take steps to protect everyone’s health.”

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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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