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S4 Episode 01 Fitness, Fun, Friends and Learning for Adults 50+

Program Manager Lorraine Ouellette invites adults 50 and up to enjoy free or low-cost activities, classes and resources that can lead to better health, fitness, social connections and lifelong learning.

This episode is part of Series 4: Senior Adult Connections and Resources.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series visit  

Quotes from the podcast episode:

“Seniors are hungry for knowledge. Our free, informational seminars are very well-attended, for example, the seminar on inflammation had 76 people attend.  Not only do these programs satisfy a need for learning new information, but they also help fight the problem of isolation. Sometimes, just getting out of the house and coming to the Park District to attend a program is a step in the right direction. If anyone wants to stop by, I'd be more than happy to take them on a tour and explain all of the offerings we have for our seniors.” - Program Manager Lorraine Ouellette

For more information on the free, drop-in programs, classes and trips available for seniors through the Naperville Park District, check the Senior Program Guide at

Individuals age 60 and over also are eligible for a 20% discount on Naperville Park District programs listed in the regular Program Guide. Registrants must request the discount either in person or on a paper registration form. For questions call 630-848-5000 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seniors enjoy a WellFit class at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center

Fort Hill Activity Center offers free use of the indoor track for Naperville residents Monday through Friday from 5:00-7:00 a.m. and from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Other activities that many seniors enjoy at Fort Hill Activity Center include working out in the fitness center, pickleball and basketball open gyms and Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba Gold and other group exercise classes. Fort Hill Activity Center partners with Healthways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program, which can provide no-cost fitness memberships for those 65 or older who qualify.

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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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