State of the Park District: 2016 in Review and What’s to Come in 2017

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2016 was a big year for the Naperville Park District, and to review their accomplishments they held a talk show style public address at the Fort Hill Activity Center.

NCTV’s own Liz Spencer hosted, with Ray McGury, the executive director of the park district, alongside. Special guests from the staff joined them to talk about their area of expertise throughout the event.

The demolition of The Barn, addition of the Riverwalk Café, and updated park district registration software were some highlights of the address.

But the park district’s biggest accomplishment of 2016 was the Fort Hill Activity Center.

“This has been something that has been in the makings for years in the community,” said McGury. “It really started to gain some traction back in, oh probably, 2013-2014. The actual construction took about 18 months and we opened last August, and we’ve just had a phenomenal response.”

With such an active year for the park district, McGury says 2017 will be a reset of their strategic plan.

“Probably one of the biggest things we’re going to do in 2017 is the community-wide survey. That really gives us a pulse of what the community wants us to do in the next two to three years,” said McGury.

The results of the community survey will be out this summer.

Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena.