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Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. As a leader in providing leisure experiences that enhance the quality of life for the community, the District maintains and operates more than 2,500 acres with 130+ parks and facilities and provides more than 900 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of courts and sports fields, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.
At its annual national conference in Atlanta, the National Park and Recreation Association announced that the Naperville Park District achieved national accreditation. The District is only the second park district in Illinois and the 104th agency nationally to have achieved this distinction.
The talented Naperville band, Within Four Days, heads to Springfield to compete for the 2010 State title in the Illinois Park and Recreation Association's Battle of the Bands contest. The finals take place at 12 noon at The Shed at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 21. Within Four Days will compete against 6 other bands for the title.
Naperville's Millennium Carillon is a finalist in the Metropolitan Planning Council's contest to find Chicagoland's favorite secret place. Online voting continues through Sept. 10. Anyone may vote once at www.placemakingchicago.com/places. The Carillon hosted the 2010 Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs, offers tours and free recitals, and is a favorite destination for community celebrations.
The Naperville Park District, located in a suburb west of Chicago, is showcasing its South Maintenance Facility, a green building. This facility was the first building to receive certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D.) in Naperville, IL. The video serves as an excellent teaching tool that can be accessed via the Internet.
Seven friends, most originally from the Chicagoland area, have come together for the past 24 years to play golf the afternoon of the Super Bowl. This tradition started when the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl in 1986, and the friends decided to continue the tradition annually. On Sunday, February 7, the group played for its second year in a row at Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville, IL.
The Naperville Park District recently learned that it was awarded its ninth Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from Illinois Department of Natural Resources since 2001. The $400,000 grant will provide local construction jobs by way of a project that will see improvements made to Knoch Park in Naperville, a central hub for local sports and community events.
For the third year in a row, the Naperville Park District received a financial rating of Aaa by Moody's Investors Service. This is the highest rating given, and the Naperville agency is only one of three in Illinois to be rated at this prestigious level.
Naperbrook Golf Course, a facility of the Naperville Park District in Naperville, Illinois, received a grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and Golf Course Builders Association of America, to host the 2010 Sticks for Kids program. This program provides opportunities for low income youth to participate in and learn the game of golf.
Dreamcricket.com recognized the Naperville Park District at its December Board meeting with a recognition award honoring the organization for being the first and only park district in the country that has operated a full-fledged cricket for the past three years.
Western DuPage Special Recreation honored the Naperville Park District with its Accessibility Award for use of ADA-accessible facility space to host some of its programs. Additionally, WDSRA also recognized one of the District's employees with its Emily Towne Memorial Award for the ongoing support of inclusion services.
Naperbrook Golf Course, located in Plainfield, IL and a part of the Naperville Park District, is using wooden, cut-out dogs to prevent geese from making the course their winter home, and thereby alleviating damage and the need for costly repairs in the spring.
The Naperville Park District accepted the gift of a menorah, from Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville. The menorah will be placed near the holiday tree in the Dandelion Fountain on the Naperville Riverwalk as part of the District’s seasonal display.
To celebrate National Public Lands Day, the Naperville Park District is offering buy 1, get 1 free admission to its Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower on September 26. This structure, which houses a 72-bell instrument, is recognized as the fourth largest carillon in North America.
The WNBA’s Candace Parker, a decorated athlete, Olympian and former Naperville, IL resident, will be honored by her hometown at an event on July 30 at 11:00 a.m. Naperville's Spring-Field Park will be the site of the event, and the court itself will be renamed in her honor. This is the place where Parker, as a young, developing athlete, honed her basketball skills.
The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, located in Naperville, Illinois, has kicked off its free, outdoor summer concert series on Tuesday evenings. Through August 25, talented carillon musicians from the United States and abroad will play at this Grand Carillon, which is one of only four in the world.