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Plaque Dedication at Naperbrook Golf Course in Honor of Glen Ekey Set for Tuesday, July 20

Naperville Park District invites the community to attend a brief ceremony and unveiling of a plaque to honor the late Glen Ekey, past executive director of the Park District and an avid golfer. The ceremony will take place outdoors at Naperbrook Golf Course on Tuesday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m., followed by light refreshments.

Glen served as executive director of the Naperville Park District from September 1981 through December 1996. Under his leadership, the Park District grew along with the city, preserving open space for recreation and adding facilities including Naperbrook Golf Course.  In 2013, the Naperville Park District honored the former executive director by naming the driving range at Naperbrook the Glen Ekey Driving Range. 

After Glen’s death in 2020, the Naperville Park District also renamed the annual Naperville Senior Amateur Championship the Glen Ekey Naperville Senior Amateur Championship. This tournament will be held at both Naperbrook and Springbrook on Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19.

Naperbrook Golf Course is located at 22204 W. 111th Street/Hassert Boulevard in Plainfield.

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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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