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Early May Opening Tentatively Planned for Ron Ory Community Garden Plots

The Naperville Park District is preparing the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots for a season of gardening, anticipating an early May opening, conditions permitting. Online registration for garden plots begins April 20 at 8:30 a.m. for Naperville residents. Nonresidents and those requesting a second plot may register beginning April 23 at 8:30 a.m.

In-person garden plot registration had just begun in mid-March when the Governor’s stay-at-home order took effect.  With the registration process now exclusively online, registration can continue until plots are filled. Those wishing to register for a plot may visit, click on the Online Registration tab, and search for Garden Plots. There are three main categories of plots available for rental: full-sized, half-sized and raised. Within each of these, there are regular and organic plots. Once you click “check details for fees” a list of the numbered plots appears. Some of the plots have been reserved by returning gardeners and will be marked as full, however many other plots are available. Clicking on any of the individual plots will display a page where you can see a link to download the map of all of the garden plots.

Gardeners will be encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines to help ensure a safe, stress-free environment.

“Gardening is an outdoor activity that has many health benefits, all of which are helpful as people are continuing to do what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Angelique Harshman, Nature Center Manager and program manager for the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots. “Gardening can be enjoyed by individuals or small family groups and provides full body exercise, lowers the body’s stress response, improves mood, and provides fresh, tasty and nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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