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S13 Episode 01: Healing Field Stories

Go behind the scenes of Naperville's 2019 Healing Field of Honor with Dave Wentz, Marty Walker and Sue Liston, who tell stories of what moves them to orchestrate this community event to honor and support veterans and active duty service men and women.

(L to R) Dave Wentz, Marty Walker, Sue Liston and Sue Omanson 

This episode is part of Series 13: Healing Field of Honor. The second episode is now available here. For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series visit  

Quotes from the episode:

“To give people the opportunity to honor loved ones who have come before them or those who are currently serving and just to watch people’s reactions as they walk around this field is so well worth it.” – Dave Wentz, co-chair of the 2019 Naperville Healing Field Committee

“Not only that, but it’s part of keeping history alive. In World War 1 we had 300+ boys go off to war, which was a high percentage of Naperville’s population.” – Marty Walker, co-chair of the 2019 Naperville Healing Field Committee

“I don’t want to forget, or have anyone forget that we are still at war, that we still have many who are deployed, who are serving so that we can continue our way of life.”– Sue Liston, Administrative Director of Operation Support Our Troops-America. 

For more information, read the press release with details about the Healing Field of Honor events.

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Riverwalk Cafe Open During Healing Field of Honor November 1-11
Hours of Operation
Nov 1, 4-8 & 11 open 9 am-3 pm
Nov 2, 3, 9 & 10 open 9 am-5 pm
Veterans and Active Military Special Offer
Free small cup of coffee with 50 cent refills and 10% off any purchase (excluding alcohol)

Photos from the family of World War I veteran, Eugene Berger, one of the seven men from Naperville who died during their service in the war.


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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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