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What’s New for Active Adults and Seniors

Are you newly retired?  New to Naperville?  Or looking to meet new friends or try new activities? Each weekday, the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center (ARRCC) is a hub of activity for those 50 and older, offering a variety of exercise classes, drop-in clubs, movies, and special programs. 

This fall is a perfect time to join in the activities. In addition to the ongoing groups, including pinochle, duplicate bridge, Bunco, Canasta and Dominoes, there is a new Cribbage Club that is inviting people to stop by on Thursday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The club will meet the second Thursday of each month and welcomes new members.  If you have questions, call Peter at 630-215-8679. 
The Drop-In Painting Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:00-11:30 a.m. to draw, paint and socialize. New participants are always welcome. Joe, one of the members of the group, will teach interested students how to create a beautiful glass ornament using alcohol inks. This class is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29 from 9:15-9:45 a.m.  The class is free, but registration is required, either at the desk at the ARRCC or by calling 630-848-3604 or 630-848-3530.

Two new, free seminars are being offered for those 50 and up in November:  “Identity Theft” on Wed., November 6 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and “Intro to Technology Terminology” on November 19 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Register for each one at or in person at the ARRCC.
Naperville Park District trips are also a great way to meet people and enjoy an outing. Destinations include theaters, museums, pro sports games, and more. New this fall, see “Beauty and the Beast” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on December 8. Another new trip is to see “White Christmas” and enjoy Sunday brunch in Munster, Indiana on Sunday, November 24 from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Register for these trips at or in person at the ARRCC.

More programs will be available with the release of the 2020 Winter Program Guide, available online on November 25, 2019 at

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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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