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2021 State of the Naperville Park District

This 5-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 fourth 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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This introduction kicks off the podcast’s theme of “rising to the challenge” in addition to providing a high-level overview of the aspects to be covered in the series.

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

Park District staff takes a look back at 2020 accomplishments and previews key 2021 projects.

Guests: Brad Wilson, Director of Recreation and Facilities and Eric Shutes, Director of Planning

Park District staff reviews the incredible “boom” of outdoor recreation opportunities during the pandemic

Guests: Kevin Carlson, Director of Golf; Tim Quigley, Director of Parks and Jackie Gonzalez, Aquatic Manager

Discussion focuses on financial challenges related to obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the proactive ways the District has managed the situation.

Guests: Ray McGury, Executive Director; Sue Stanish, Director of Finance

Gain insights into the District’s challenges managing COVID-19 issues and successes achieved through the shifts in offerings, new programs and opportunities to provide as many recreation opportunities to residents as possible.

Guests: Brad Wilson, Director of Recreation and Facilities and Andrea Coates, Superintendent of Recreation

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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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