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Ron Ory Community Garden Plots Site Master Plan

Ron Ory Community Garden Plots
Developing a Site Master Plan

Why a Site Master Plan in 2022?

The Ron Ory Community Garden Plots provide approximately 500 plots for gardeners in the community to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Over the years, other features have been added to the site, including the Idea Gardens, a tree nursery, honey bee hives and more. In 2022, as new ideas are being proposed for further development of the Garden Plots, the Park District believes that it is important to take time to reach out to the gardeners and the community for feedback about the site as it is now and what improvements may be helpful in the future considering the space available onsite.  


Summary of the Process

With the assistance of Upland Design, Ltd., the Park District plans to create a Site Master Plan for the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots. The plan will be based on a site analysis and community input provided through interactive meetings with stakeholders and with the public and through an online survey also available to the public. The design team will prepare concepts based on the input gathered. Following review by the Park District, the plans will be presented for comments at a second public meeting. The design team then will prepare a Site Master Plan with photos and sketches and a cost estimate. Following further review by the Park District, the plan will be finalized in summer 2022.


Vision Statement for the Site Master Plan

“To enhance the community gardens through maintaining existing garden plots while diversifying and improving site elements at the community gardens.”


Project Timeline

Ron Ory Community Garden Plots Stakeholder Focus Group – 6:00 p.m., April 6, 2022
Invitations were sent to Garden Plot ambassadors, Master Gardeners, several other gardening participants, neighborhood organizations and Sportsman’s Club representatives. The group discussed the site analysis and desired improvements and priorities.

First Public Meeting – 6:00-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots (Rainout location is the Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility, 427 W. Martin Ave.) This meeting was publicized through Park District communication channels and an email invitation were sent to current garden plot users. Upland Design led an interactive process to engage the community in this meeting. Participants completed a survey during the meeting. Read the meeting press release here.

Community Online Survey – April 28 – May 6
The survey conducted during the first public meeting was made available online to gardeners and the entire community to gather input from those unable to attend the meeting. 

Conceptual Design Planning – Early to Mid-May
The design team prepared two conceptual designs based on data and public input received to date, and the Park District had the opportunity to review and comment. 

Second Public Open House – 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots.  The two preliminary concepts were made available for viewing and comment at the second public open house and the design team was on hand to answer questions. A digital version of the conceptual plans is now available online to gardeners and the public to gather input from those unable to attend the meeting. View the meeting press release here.

Second Community Online Survey – May 19-May 27
A digital version of the conceptual plans presented at the May 18 meeting is now available online to gardeners and the public to gather input from those unable to attend the meeting.  If you were not able to attend the meeting, please provide feedback online here through May 27. 

Master Plan Preparation and Park District Review – Late May through June
Based on public input and Park District direction, the design team will prepare one Site Master Plan, a cost estimate and a phasing plan for review and approval by the Park District. The plan will be finalized in summer 2022.


Garden Plots Site Analysis 

 
For more information about the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots:

Visit www.napervilleparks.org/gardenplots 
View the 2022 Garden Plots FAQs
View the 2022 Garden Plots Map

Ron Ory Community Garden Plots Site Master Plan FAQs

Q: Why is the Park District developing a Site Master Plan for the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots?
A:  The Ron Ory Community Garden Plots provide approximately 500 plots for gardeners in the community to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Over the years, other features have been added to the site, including the Idea Gardens, a tree nursery, honey bee hives and more. In 2022, as new ideas are being proposed for further development of the Garden Plots, the Park District believes that it is important to take time to reach out to the gardeners and the community for feedback about the site as it is now and what improvements may be helpful in the future.  
Q:  How can gardeners participate in the process?
A:
 Gardeners will be invited via email to two public meetings (April 27 and May 18) where they will have an opportunity to express their ideas and opinions about the Garden Plots as they are now and about any future improvements. They also will be able to provide input online following each public meeting. 
Q:  When will the Site Master Plan be developed?
A:
 The Park District plans to develop the Site Master Plan during the spring of 2022 with the goal to finalize a plan by summer 2022.
Q:  Will the number of garden plots be reduced?
A:
 There is no plan to reduce the number of garden plots available for rental; the intent of the Site Master Plan is to maintain the existing garden plots while improving other site elements. 
Q: Who is leading the master plan process?
A:
The Park District has commissioned Upland Design, Ltd., to lead the site master plan process.  Upland Design, Ltd., led the successful development of the Site Master Plan for Wolf’s Crossing Community Park.  
Q: How can I stay informed about this project?
A:
 Updates will be posted on this project page throughout the Site Master Plan process. The public meetings will be communicated to the community through various Park District communications and gardeners will receive email invitations to the public meetings and be able to provide input online.
 


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