State of the Park District

The Naperville Park District accomplished many of its 2011 goals and has its eyes set on the future. At the second annual State of the Park District address, Board President Mike Reilly highlighted the many projects completed last year.

That includes what he called the Big Three: the Centennial Beach renovation, the Nike Sports Complex expansion, and additions to Seager Park, all of which finished on time and under budget.

Reilly said one of the challenges the park district currently faces is a national decline of interest in golfing, so making their golf operations profitable is one goal for the current year.

They also want to adopt new branding, launch a new website, and update the park district’s current master plan.

“We need to get the best information that we can from residents to find out what residents really want, where they want us to put the money, what facilities they’re looking for,” said Reilly.

After Reilly made the address, Executive Director Ray McGury made a brief announcement. He plans to stay with the park district and will not throw his hat in the ring for the top cop job after Naperville Police Chief David Dial retires this May. McGury was the Chief of Police in Bolingbrook until taking the park district job in 2008.

“I knew the first six months here that I had left law enforcement in my rear view mirror and that my passion really is park and recs,” said McGury.

McGury expects the Park District Board of Commissioners to extend his contract through 2015 at their next meeting.

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