2013 State of the Park District

The Naperville Park District had a banner year in 2012 and members hope to carry that momentum through 2013. Among many new items for the organization is a new Park Board President, Kirsten Young.

During the annual “State of the Park District” event, Young described key renovations over the past year, like those at Centennial Beach, and Meadow Glens and Knock Parks.

2012 also saw the opening of a new interpretive center at Seager Park, a redesign of the park district website, and the repurposing of 5,000 square feet inside the former Frontier Campus on 95th Street for additional indoor programming.

For last Veterans Day, the park district partnered with Operation Support Our Troops to transform Rotary Hill into the Healing Field of Honor.

“Although quite windy on Veterans Day, the weather generally cooperated and hundreds of people came out to see the amazing display of American Flags,” said Young.

And later that month came more good news.

“We received good news back in November that the district successfully received state accreditation and we were officially recognized for this accomplishment just a few weeks ago at the Parks and Recreation Industry’s State Conference in Chicago,” said Young.

She also touted new initiatives to look forward to in the coming year, from the installation of synthetic turf at Commissioners Park to the development of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center to the construction of a playground at Ashwood Park, along with face-lifts at five existing playgrounds.

“We’re always striving to do more for our community and that’s not just for the sake of doing more,” said Young. “We recognize that the opportunity to achieve and progress is always there.”

With these plans, Young said this year the park district will be operating with a $23.2 million total budget.

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