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Naperville Park District Releases 2019 Annual Report

Naperville Park District has released its 2019 Annual Report, “Growing Together,” highlighting the growth of recreation opportunities for the community as well as the District’s stewardship and planning that makes this growth possible. The report may be viewed online at and a limited number of print copies are available at Park District facilities.

A glance through the first section of the report gives readers a quick photo tour of the exciting new developments that began in 2019, including Studio D at Fort Hill Activity Center (which opened in October 2019), Wolf’s Crossing Community Park and Knoch Park athletic fields (both projects currently are under construction), and the 95th Street Community Plaza, which just opened to the public this week.

The financial section of the report explains the Park District’s financial planning and includes a chart showing a five-year overview of the District’s revenue and expenditures. The report also highlights other aspects of the District’s stewardship, including innovation, partnerships, and conserving natural resources.

Readers looking for a more detailed view of the Park District’s finances can access the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report available online at This report was recently audited by an independent auditing firm.


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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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