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Ron Ory Community Garden Plot Volunteers Harvest Donations for Loaves & Fishes

On Tuesday, October 13, 41 volunteers gathered the remains of the harvest following the official closing of the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots for the 2020 season.

Volunteers included individuals from the Naperville Evening Kiwanis, Naperville Community Gardeners, University of Illinois Extension master gardeners and from the community at large. They gathered the produce left in the gardens and sorted it for donation to Loaves & Fishes Community Services.

This year, the gleaning yielded 760 pounds of produce. Additionally, throughout the summer, the team of master gardeners who maintain the “Giving Garden” at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots donated nearly 700 pounds of produce—with most going to Loaves & Fishes, and some to West Suburban Food Pantry.

“We are grateful for the continued support from the Naperville Park District,” said Eric Gardner, Loaves & Fishes Director of Philanthropy. “Thank you for sharing your healthy harvest with our clients.”

Now that the Garden Plots are closed, Park District staff will remove stakes and prepare the area to be plowed by a local farmer. Continuing a post-Halloween tradition, the Naperville Park District will host the fourth annual Pumpkin Smash at the Garden Plots on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Residents are invited to drop off their Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns to be smashed and composted into the soil, adding water and nutrients and keeping pumpkins 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

The Ron Ory Community Garden Plots are located at 811 S. West St.

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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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