2021 State of the Naperville Park District address available on ParkTalk podcast

  • Courtesy of Naperville Park DistrictNaperville Park District opened the new 95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad in early July.

    Courtesy of Naperville Park DistrictNaperville Park District opened the new 95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad in early July.

 
 
Updated 2/1/2021 5:40 PM

Continuing a recent tradition, Naperville Park District just released its fourth annual "State of the Naperville Park District Address" on its ParkTalk podcast, now available at www.napervilleparks.org/podcasts and on most podcast apps.

The 2021 State of the Naperville Park District includes five episodes featuring interviews with district staff, Executive Director Ray McGury and Park Board President Mike Reilly.

 

The theme, "Rising to the Challenge," focuses on the park district's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021.

"The podcast format allows residents to listen on demand, when it's convenient for them," explained Sameera Luthman, director of marketing and communications and host for the "State of the Park District" podcast series. "We hope that community members will use this as an opportunity to learn more about their park district."

The episodes are as follows:

• Episode 1: "Introduction to the 2021 State of the Naperville Park District Address"

Guests: Mike Reilly, park board president; and Ray McGury, executive director

This episode kicks off the podcast's theme of "Rising to the Challenge," with highlights from 2020, what we learned, and a look ahead to 2021.

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• Episode 2: "2021 Districtwide Goals and Capital Projects"

Guests: Brad Wilson, director of recreation and facilities; and Eric Shutes, director of planning

Learn about key capital projects, such as Wolf's Crossing Community Park, the District's process of renewing its national accreditation, and plans for moving forward from the effects of the pandemic.

• Episode 3: "The Rec 'Boom' of Outdoor Sports"

Guests: Kevin Carlson, director of golf; Tim Quigley, director of parks; and Jackie Gonzalez, aquatic manager

Hear stories of how amenities like Springbrook and Naperbrook golf courses, the Paddleboat Quarry, the new 95th Street Community Plaza and the Midday Spray at Rotary Hill met the recreation needs of residents during the pandemic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• Episode 4: "District Finances in a Pandemic"

Guests: Ray McGury, executive director; Sue Stanish, director of finance

Staff explains some of the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the proactive ways the park district has managed the situation.

• Episode 5: "Creative Shifts in Recreation Due to the Pandemic"

Guests: Brad Wilson, director of recreation and facilities, and Andrea Coates, superintendent of recreation

Gain insights into the park district's challenges managing COVID-19 issues and successes achieved new programs and opportunities, such as the E-Learning Experience, virtual group exercise classes, Halloween Nights Lights and Santa's Naperville Workshop.

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