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S10 Episode 01: Chicago Pickleball Open

Ken Herrmann, executive director of Chicago Metro Pickleball, talks about the first Chicago-area pickleball tournament coming July 16-21 to Naperville and why pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the nation.

This episode is part of Series 10: Pickleball in the Parks.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series visit  Please help us make the podcast even better by taking our quick (2-5 min.) survey here. It's open through November 15, 2019. We appreciate your help!


Players try out the Naperville Park District's first dedicated pickleball courts at Nike Sorts Complex at the grand opening in October 2018.

Quote from the episode:

“In the different age divisions we have different levels of play, from level 3.0 (amateur) up to the professionals. We are thrilled to have the number one and number two male professional pickleball players coming to play in our singles tournament.” – Ken Herrmann

For more information:

To register for the Chicago Pickleball Open:

For more information about Chicago Metro Pickleball, visit

At 6:00 p.m. on Wed., July 17, an Introduction to Pickleball session will take place at the Nike Sports Complex pickleball courts. Everyone is welcome to participate. Paddles and balls will be provided. Then, immediately following the class, there will be a pro exhibition match at 7:00 p.m., also open to everyone to watch.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun of the Dunk the Pro challenge and fundraiser, running July 18-21. Proceeds from the challenge will go towards purchasing pickleball equipment for the local schools.

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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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