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Naperville Park District to Host October 27 Ribbon Cutting for the Jaycee Playground at the Riverwalk

Community invited to attend the 12:45 p.m. ribbon cutting just prior to Halloween Happening

The Naperville Park District invites the community to celebrate the re-opening of the Jaycee Playground at the Riverwalk at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 immediately preceding Halloween Happening. The playground is located at 912 Sindt Court near the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, just west of Centennial Beach.

Families who plan to attend Halloween Happening, which takes place at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, are encouraged to stop at the Jaycee Playground on their way to the event to view or take part in the ribbon cutting and explore the new play equipment.

The playground renovation was completed over the past seven weeks, bringing new play structures, swings, surfacing, and stand-alone play pieces. One of the most popular playgrounds in Naperville, this playground is used year round by families, preschools, day care centers, and Riverwalk visitors. The playground has convenient parking, with drinking fountains and restrooms nearby.

Since 1990, when the original Jaycee Playground was established with assistance from the Naperville Jaycees and other community supporters, its purpose has been to provide opportunities for inclusive play for children of all abilities. The 2019 renovated playground continues this tradition with state-of-the-art equipment that promotes cooperative, creative play and is accessible to all.

For questions about the playground, please contact Project Manager Jessica Burgdorf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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