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Sweet Summer Days at Centennial Beach

After a rainy June, the 2019 season warmed up beautifully at Centennial Beach with crystal clear days, sunshine and sparkling water. With a few weeks of summer weather remaining, there’s still time to enjoy the warmth and relaxation of a day or afternoon at the Beach.
 
Highlights of the 2019 Beach Season
The new Mudrats water polo team had a successful first season, giving kids ages 8-14 an opportunity to learn and practice the sport, and prepare for high school level water polo. 
 
The Beach’s popular yoga classes returned in 2019, including Beachside Yoga on Sunday mornings and Paddle Board Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 
 
Centennial Beach was featured at the WGN block party that came to downtown Naperville on July 12. The Beach opened early to welcome the news team and showcase many of its summer activities. 

 WGN news team member Sarah Jindra relaxes at the Beach with the “Beach Bums” and a few Naperville Park District staff

 
 The Aquatics Fitness class welcomes a WGN producer who joined in the fun

 
Derek, a self-taught diver and long-time member of Centennial Beach demonstrates some of his dives on the morning of the WGN block party.

All season long, the sand area and water play features gave kids endless hours of fun

The Park District’s Aquatics Manager Jackie Gonzalez continues to introduce improvements in Beach staffing, benefits for members and overall quality of the Beach. She was recognized with two awards in 2019.
 
Aquatics Manager Jackie Gonzalez
Check the 2019 late-season hours here and plan to visit often again in 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.

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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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