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Young Naperville Singers Bring Songs to Santa House

Visitors to Santa House on Sunday afternoon, December 3 were treated to some sweet caroling by the Young Naperville Singers (YNS). In spite of the overcast weather and light mist, the crowds gathered to hear the voices of two YNS ensembles singing songs of the holiday season. 

The Brio boys choir of the Young Naperville Singers, with director Joe Mitchell and accompanist Rachel Seidel perform at Santa House on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Recorded in the video is Brio, one of nine different choral groups that comprise the Young Naperville Singers, a premier community-based children’s choral organization based in Naperville. Primo, the youngest choir in the YNS program, also sang at Santa House on December 3. Primo is directed by Andrea Burck with accompanist Kim Obert.

The Naperville Park District thanks YNS for taking time to bring music to Santa House this year!

YNS is one of many community groups and businesses that are partnering with the Park District to make each day at Santa House special for those who visit. 

Santa House continues through Sunday, December 23. Check the hours here and make plans to visit Santa on the Riverwalk in downtown 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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