The Naperville Park District is looking in some new directions these days as far as programming.
The Park Board recently approved a strategic plan for the next three years which includes a number of goals, ranging from looking at current indoor and outdoor space needs to identifying cultural interests in light of the city’s changing demographics.
Goals listed include “going beyond traditional park and recreational offerings” as well as providing enhanced experiences at the district’s golf courses.
The Park District also hopes to provide more volunteer experiences to increase a sense of ownership and elicit greater participation in its programs. More grants and partnerships will be sought to help expand offerings.
Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said that while no action will be taken yet on goals until staff and administration look at more specific projects, the district has been extremely efficient in terms of meeting its current objectives, which were supposed to run through 2015.
“We’ve basically plowed through all of those already, which warrants kudos to the staff as well as the board for getting things done,” McGury said. “Everyone has worked together to meet the goals of the strategic plan, and while we have no specific objectives yet, we now have an idea of what we want to work on during the next three years.”
Commissioner Ron Ory said that McGury’s leadership and “having a staff that has bought into his vision” has been instrumental in finishing the strategic plan ahead of time.
“With our national accreditation, we are looking to identify doing some things that are out of the mainstream,” Ory said. “There are still some unfulfilled needs in the community and we’re looking to expand some of our offerings. But the fact that we’ve finished our strategic plan early doesn’t mean we’ve been just standing still. We have five- to 10-year considerations we’re already reaching into.”
Ory said a board retreat scheduled for next Tuesday would be the beginning of the process to develop specific projects for the 2014 through 2016 plan.