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Naperville Park District Phase 4 Reopening Plan

As we enter Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, Naperville Park District will reopen Fort Hill Activity Center and outdoor playgrounds and resume more programs beginning Friday, June 26.  

"The Naperville Park District staff and board are incredibly pleased to open Fort Hill Activity Center and make additional programs available to our community while we continue to follow the parameters of the Restore Illinois Plan," said Ray McGury, executive director of the Naperville Park District. "We know many of our residents are anxious to get out and enjoy sports and favorite summer activities. We are happy to bring back more opportunities to promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.”

Fort Hill Activity Center will open in phases, following participation guidelines based on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Phase 4 Health and Fitness Business Guidelines, in addition to information from public health organizations. These guidelines were reviewed by the Edward Hospital and Health Services Infection Control Manager and include instructions on face coverings, cleaning equipment, maintaining a 6 foot distance from others, and other safety measures for fitness members.

  Fort Hill Fitness Center and the indoor track will be the first to open, beginning June 26, for members only with no more than 50% occupancy at any given time.  In-person group exercise classes at Fort Hill will be reintroduced starting the week of July 6. Beginning June 26, hours of operation for Fort Hill Activity Center will be Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The fitness center will close from 2:00-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow time for staff to complete additional disinfecting of the area surfaces and equipment.

Outdoor playgrounds are now able to open, per guidance from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Please note that playground use should be limited to no more than 50 persons at one time.

With state guidelines now permitting groups of up to 50 people to gather, the Park District is planning to host Concerts in Your Park, Children’s Lunch Hour and A Night at the Movies beginning in July. Dates are being confirmed and will be posted at under the Events tab as soon as details are known.  Residents will be able to enjoy several popular free Park District summer events, while practicing social distancing.  Additionally, youth athletic leagues, including Park District baseball and softball programs, will be able to begin playing games and hosting competitions. Participation guidelines have been established for those Park District programs and facilities that are now operating.

As stated in a June 9 press release, Centennial Beach is not able to open this summer. The DuPage County Health Department denied the Park District’s request for a permit earlier this month, citing the Beach’s classification as a bathing beach, which excluded it from the Governor’s order that allowed pools to open for limited programming in Phase 3. Unfortunately, waiting until Phase 4 has left too little time to prepare the Beach for the swim season. However, Park District fitness classes will be able to enjoy meeting at the Beach, and the water will be allowed to fill naturally.

The Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Ave. will continue to be closed to the public, except by appointment, until September 8, 2020.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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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