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This Spring, Connect with Nature

This spring, do what you can to connect with nature. Studies have shown that it’s good for your health. Open a window, step outside, look for robins, splash in a puddle, enjoy the sunshine on your porch, or if possible, take a walk to your neighborhood park. Even gazing at photos or videos of beautiful nature scenes can help lift your mood and boost your immune system.
The Naperville Riverwalk and Millennium Carillon
Naperville Park District maintains 136 parks throughout the community with a park within walking distance for most neighborhoods. 
Bluebells blooming at Knoch Knolls Park – look for these in late April or early May

The Park District provides miles of trails through wooded areas, along the DuPage River, and within parks. The following guidelines for using parks or trails are from the National Recreation and Park Association’s Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing: 
•    Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
•    Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
•    Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
•    While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
•    Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
•    Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
•    Consult local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.

Trail along the West Branch DuPage River at Knoch Knolls Park. There also is an asphalt multi-use trail along the river (see map of trails at Knoch Knolls Park here) that is part of a network of regional trails.
Listen to the ParkTalk podcast episode, Nature Therapy, and view the episode website for more information about the benefits of nature for your health.

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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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