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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Participation Guidelines. More information regarding the District’s response can be found here

Gardening Season to End Oct. 12; Pumpkin Smash Set for Nov. 7 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots

Gardeners at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots this summer enjoyed an abundant harvest of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables that thrive in the sunshine. With the gardening season winding down by October 12, gardeners have a chance to reflect on the summer and ready their plots for the end-of-season cleanup.

“We had a successful gardening year, in spite of a later start that was due to restrictions related to the pandemic,” said Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman.

Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole noted that gardeners made a special effort to take good care of their plots and to adhere to the social distancing guidelines, which created a friendly environment where people felt safe and healthy.

 “We are grateful for the delicious produce that we will enjoy throughout the winter,” said returning gardener Lorie Piel. “Being out in the sunshine and seeing other gardeners, along with their flowers and garden plots, lifted our spirits and gave us a safe destination to enjoy.”

The Naperville Park District asks gardeners to remove all of their fencing, trellises, weed barriers and any leftover items by October 12 so that park staff can mow the remaining vegetation. Later in October, a local farmer will plow the fields to prepare them for next season.

The annual Pumpkin Smash will take place from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, located at 811 S. West Street. Area residents may bring their jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins to be smashed and composted into the soil at the Garden Plots, adding nutrients and water back into the soil. In 2019, more than 5,000 pounds of pumpkins were composted and kept out of the landfill.

Prior to attending the Pumpkin Smash, participants are asked to review the COVID-19 Participation Guidelines for Outdoor Events. For weather cancellation information, visit napervilleparks.org/cancellations.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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.

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