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Knoch Park - Synthetic Field Development and Improvements

Knoch Park Phase II Improvement Project Q and A

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Q: What is the Knoch Park Phase II Improvement project?

A: The Phase II Improvement project is planned for 2020 and will add the following recreational amenities to Knoch Park: a multipurpose synthetic turf field with sports lighting, 4 pickleball courts, ADA accessible walkways, site furnishings and landscaping. This is in addition to the amenities added in Phase I, which included a new girls varsity softball field and circle drive/drop-off lane at the Central Maintenance Facility parking lot.


Q: Where in Knoch Park will these amenities be added?

A: The synthetic turf field, pickleball courts and other elements will be added to the north section of Knoch Park, along West Street between Hillside Road and Martin Avenue. The new amenities will replace two softball fields currently located in this section of the park. Softball activities on these fields will relocate to the new varsity softball field being constructed as part of Phase I and to a field in south Knoch Park.


Q: What is the Phase I project that is already underway in 2019?

A: Phase I consists of adding a new girls varsity softball field to the north section of Knoch Park, adjacent to the existing varsity baseball field, and the addition of a circle drive/drop-off lane at the Central Maintenance Facility parking lot. This project is being primarily funded and managed by Naperville School District 203, and is scheduled to be complete by spring 2020.

Q: What agreement is in place between School District 203 and Naperville Park District to allow the Phase I Softball Field project?

A: An intergovernmental agreement between Naperville Park District and School District 203 includes a 20-year lease for the school to construct, maintain and use the new girls varsity softball field. The agreement states that in addition to school use the field will be made available for community use.

Q: Who is responsible for the Phase II project?

A: The Phase II project is a partnership between School District 203 and the Park District. Both districts will share the cost of the synthetic turf field and its support amenities, and the Park District will cover 100% of the cost of the pickleball courts and accompanying sports lighting. The Park District will bid and construct the project.


Q:  What are the terms of the Intergovernmental Agreement for the Phase II project?

A:  Under the Agreement, the Park District will pay 57% of the $4.2 million cost for the field and support amenities and the School District will pay 43% of those costs, based on a preliminary schedule for shared use of the field during peak programming times. The Park District will complete all maintenance and scheduling of the new field. The Park Board and School Board executed the agreement in September 2019.


Q: What are the advantages of the proposed partnership between School District 203 and the Park District for this project?

A:  By working together and cost-sharing, two taxing bodies are providing high quality amenities that will be used to the maximum level by the community.


Q: What are the benefits of adding a synthetic turf field to Knoch Park?

A: The synthetic turf field will expand field availability for soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby and other sports for the School District, Park District and community organizations from seasonal use to year-round use if snow is not present, and will expand daily playing time to include evening hours in the fall with the proposed sports lighting. Currently, large athletic field space is in high demand, with groups being turned away during peak times. Weather conditions prevent natural fields from being playable in February and March, when spring sports begin. The synthetic turf field will provide another location for drop-in use by small groups of residents, which is discouraged on natural turf fields due to wear and tear.


Q: Why add more pickleball courts in this location?

A: Interest in pickleball is strong in the community, with Fort Hill Activity Center open gyms and the new pickleball courts at Nike Sports Complex near capacity. Knoch Park provides a convenient, central location for pickleball.


Q:  What are next steps for the Phase II project?

A: The Park District is overseeing construction in 2020 beginning early in the year with completion anticipated by fall 2020.


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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.

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