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Park Meadow Project to Improve Small Drainage Areas in Nine Parks

Native plants will replace turf for environmental benefits

In 2019 the Naperville Park District will begin a Park Meadow Project to improve its stewardship of park land. This initiative involves converting turf grass to meadow in strategic areas in 9 of its 137 parks. The meadow areas will be planted with native wildflowers and low prairie grasses. The areas selected for conversion include stormwater detention sites and other areas that are occasionally wet and are not used for recreation. The areas range in size from .10 acre to 1.25 acre. The Park District intends to extend the project beyond 2019, converting a few more acres into meadow each year in other parks across the District.

The project will take place in the following parks:

North
Century Farms Park, 715 Sigmund Road
Olesen Estates, 1415 Dunrobin Road
Wil-O-Way Park, 1408 W. Jefferson Avenue

Central
Bailey Hobson Woods Park, 1184 Hobson Mill Drive
Buttonwood Park, 803 Buttonwood Circle
Willowgate Square, 408 Travelaire Avenue

South
Ashbury Greenway, 3475 Naperville Road
Brook Crossings, 1015 95th Street
Knoch Knolls Park, 320 Knoch Knolls Road

“Replacing turf grass with attractive plants that are native to Illinois has several benefits,” explained Director of Parks Kevin Finnegan. “With their deep roots, native plants help absorb and filter stormwater, cleaning it before it reaches our rivers. The plants also provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.”

The initiative will result in cost savings for the Park District in the long term, reducing the frequency of mowing, and eliminating the need for watering and fertilizing.

Work will begin at the selected parks in March, when the turf grass and any invasive plants will be cleared. Once seedlings sprout in the spring, low plants and grasses will cover the area during the first growing season. The native plants gradually will fill in during the second and third years, with blooming flowers and a variety of low prairie grasses.

More information about the project is available at www.napervilleparks.org/parkmeadow.

For questions, contact Peggy Motta at 630-848-5013 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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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