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S19 Episode 01: Rotary Hill and the Paddleboat Quarry

Rotary Hill and the Paddleboat Quarry have become an oasis in the pandemic. Ray McGury tells how the new Midday Spray came about, and we talk with families enjoying the water at these favorite locations.

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Quotes from the episode: “From a stress level, I would say that this (the pandemic) is more stressful than just about anything I’ve ever experienced because it changes daily.”  Ray McGury

“Midday Spray is a diversion…You need a mental health break. This is part of our business… Being able to divert your stress and anxiety for a short period of time—whatever you can afford—is so important; and it’s really, really important now, for what we’re all going through.” – Ray McGury

Harmony Park at Rotary Hill

Learn more about Midday Spray

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their support of Midday Spray!

Naperville Firefighters Local 4302 - Week of September 7

The Rotary Club of Naperville - Week of August 31

Eagan and Company, Certified Public Accountants - Month of August

Dr. Chahla, orthopaedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush - Week of July 27

Alarm Detection Systems - Week of July 20

Thank you to John's Rib House and Kona Ice for being on site for purchase of lunchtime treats at Midday Spray when their schedules allow.

Visit the Paddleboat Quarry



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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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