Wed January 24, 2024
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ned Franklin Bell, who served as the Administrator of the Downers Grove Park District from July 1973 to May 1996. His visionary leadership led to significant expansions in parks and recreation services, earning the District the prestigious National Gold Medal Award in 1983 from the National Parks and Recreation Association. Ned played a key role in founding SEASPAR (South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation). In honor of his immense contribution to the District, the Downers Grove Park District dedicated Ned Bell Park on August 7, 2015.
As we remember Ned Bell, let us celebrate a life well-lived, marked by service, leadership, and a lasting impact on the communities he touched. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time. A celebration of life was held on Jan. 20 in Bradenton, FL.