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Naperville Park District Launches “Park It in Naperville” Campaign

After a year of cancelled outings and limits on activities due to the pandemic, Naperville residents are eager to venture out to enjoy recreation with friends and family. Naperville Park District offers a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities here in the community that are free or low cost. This spring, the District is launching a year-long marketing campaign, Park It in Naperville, reminding residents of the fun events, programs and locations available to help make each season a time of discovery, renewal and reconnection. Additionally, as travel is still getting going, it’s a good time to remind residents of all the resources there are in Naperville to enjoy leisure time close to home.

“The Park It in Naperville campaign highlights a wide variety of ideas to enjoy recreation right here in our community,” said Sameera Luthman, director of marketing and communications. “For example, one of the suggested spring activities is visiting the new ninja-style challenge course at Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, a new park located in southwest Naperville.”

Suggestions for seasonal activities are listed at Free activities to enjoy with friends or family include disc golf at Knoch Knolls Park or taking a hike through the woods at Knoch Knolls Park or Seager Park. Low cost activities include taking a ride on a paddleboat, kayak or paddle board at the Paddleboat Quarry or visiting Springbrook or Naperbrook Golf Course to practice at the range or play a round of golf.

“In 2020 we saw residents making the most of the parks, trails and water activities that we provided during the pandemic,” said Ray McGury, executive director. “This year we are looking forward to providing more ways for the community to enjoy healthy recreation.”

Visit the Park It in Naperville web page throughout 2021 for additional suggestions regarding seasonal events as well as activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Park It logo also will change over the course of the year, taking on a different color palette and imagery based on the current season.


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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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