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Volunteers to Plant Pollinator Garden on Sept. 29

Naperville Park District invites volunteers to help plant trees, shrubs, perennials and seed to complete the new pollinator gardens at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots that are being partially funded by a 2018 Pollinator Habitat Conservation grant from Trees Forever, an environmental nonprofit organization based in Iowa and Illinois. Planting will take place on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots located at 811 S. West Street in Naperville.

The $1,000 grant is helping the Park District enhance the habitat for monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinators at the Garden Plots. The pollinator planting project will repurpose several vacant or underused areas of the Garden Plots, including adding pollinator-friendly trees, shrubs and perennials to an area bordering Sportsman’s Park, converting unused garden plots to a garden of flowering perennials, and planting pollinator-friendly plants along the fence line garden.

In June, volunteers helped Park District staff plant trees and shrubs in the area bordering Sportsman’s Park. The remaining work to be done on September 29 includes planting 5 shrubs, 5 trees, 50 plugs and some broadcast seeding. Volunteers interested in participating in this project may register at or email Volunteer Manager Lynnette Hoole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“We appreciate the support of Trees Forever in bringing more pollinator-friendly plants to the Garden Plots,” said Carl Gorra, parks operations manager.

The Naperville Park District is committed to environmental stewardship and environmental education as part of its core values. As the plight of honeybees and Monarch butterflies hit national headlines, the Park District and its partners began to take measures to support these pollinators. For example, since May 2014, the Park District has kept several colonies of honey bees in the organic section of the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots. In December 2016 the Park Board approved a resolution to join with other local park districts and cities to support monarch butterfly habitat and to educate the public about the importance of milkweed and other pollinator plants.

 As of September 2018, the District maintains five Monarch Waystations including one at the Garden Plots. Additionally, the Garden Plots is home to the Idea Gardens that demonstrate varieties of native plants and trees. Also located at the Garden Plots is a fruit tree guild planted in 2018 by the Resiliency Institute to educate visitors and residents about sustainable, edible gardens that can be planted in back yards and in almost any sunny location with enough space.


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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.

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