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2019 State of the Naperville Park District

This 6-episode series features interviews with Park District leaders and elected officials who share insights into current and future Park District projects and plans. This is the second year that we have offered the State of the Naperville Park District as a podcast series hosted by Sameera Luthman, Director of Marketing and Communications.

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An introduction to the podcast’s theme of “connecting the community” in addition to a brief look back at 2018 and a look forward to 2019 sets the stage for this podcast series.

Guests: Mike Reilly, Park Board President; Ray McGury, Executive Director

Park District staff takes a look back at 2018 accomplishments and previews key projects and timeframes for 2019.

Guests: Brad Wilson, Director of Recreation; Eric Shutes, Director of Planning

Environmental initiatives and sustainability of parks and golf operations are discussed in addition to progress relative to the golf master plan.

Guests: Kevin Finnegan, Director of Parks; Carl Gorra, Parks and Fleet Operations Manager; Tim Dunn, Naperbrook Head Golf Professional

Two and a half years in to the Fort Hill facility’s operations, the staff reflects on its success, previews emerging programs and highlights the expansion planned for 2019.

Guests: Sue Nance, Superintendent of Facilities; Kristina McGrath, Fitness Manager

Staff recruiting and retention initiatives are discussed in addition to technology enhancements that help connect patrons in our parks and facilities across the District.

Guests: Katie Sepe, Director of Human Resources; Omar Sandoval, Director of Information Technology

Community cooperation that makes District programs and events happen, program growth and new programs in 2018 and 2019 are discussed.

Guests: Brad Wilson, Director of Recreation; Andrea Coates, Superintendent of Recreation

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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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