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Field Hockey Update and Congratulations

Naperville Park District began a field hockey program for middle school students in 2015 to help grow the sport and prepare players for high school level play, which had just begun in Naperville with a team at Naperville North High School.

We recently learned that Naperville North’s field hockey team not only competed in the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association (IHSFHA) 2019 Sectionals for the first time, but also received two sportsmanship awards, and the varsity goalie, Catie Fleming was named to the All State Second Team/All Conference/All Academic.  
Congratulations, Naperville North Girls Field Hockey Team! 

“We are so grateful to the Park District for believing in us and our sport,” said Coach Monica Lodge. “Through our partnership this has all been possible, bringing so much opportunity and possibilities to so many amazing young women!”

Naperville Park District will offer two field hockey programs in 2020 in partnership with RISE Field Hockey: a spring program for ages 8-17 and a fall program for ages 5-14. Look for these programs in our Spring and Autumn Program Guides. 

Learn more about field hockey, its growth in Naperville, and the opportunities available in the ParkTalk Blog Post, Field Hockey Rising in Naperville.

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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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