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O'Kray: Conserve, preserve and care with the Glen Ellyn Park District

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 4:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT
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Courtney O'Kray

Glen Ellyn Park District

protects natural resources

The Glen Ellyn Park District is committed to the protection of Earth’s natural resources. Clean and attractive parks, green spaces and natural areas are essential to our health and happiness. They provide spaces for people to play, explore, socialize, connect with nature and relax. Most citizens rank preserving and protecting open space and natural areas as a high priority for their quality of life.

Protecting and restoring native communities helps ensure a biologically diverse and healthy ecosystem. Below we’ve outlined a few of the ways we work to conserve, preserve and care for our local natural resources, as well as opportunities for you to learn about the outdoors and nature and to volunteer.

‘No-Mow’ Zones

There are several “No-Mow’ Zones within Glen Ellyn parks. These areas have been planned and intentionally placed to help promote the natural regeneration of the urban forest. By allowing these areas to remain undisturbed, we help native vegetation to re-establish itself.

Savanna habitats at Maryknoll and Lake Ellyn parks

We recently began the process of recreating and restoring two oak savanna habitats at Maryknoll Park and Lake Ellyn Park. Historical estimates state that prior to European settlement, about 50 million acres in the Midwest were comprised of oak savanna. Over time, most of the savannas have been lost or have become severely degraded due to agricultural and settlement activities. Recreating and restoring these places is a gradual process. As plants begin to establish themselves in the coming years, we hope you venture out to see the progress.

Restoration days

Put on your work gloves and help restore your neighborhood parks by clearing invasive plants, cleaning up trash, planting native plants and more. All volunteer work days are held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. A complete schedule of upcoming days and times can be viewed on the Park District’s website. This is a great opportunity for families and service groups to give back to their community.

Adopt-A-Park program

The Glen Ellyn Park District’s Adopt-A-Park program encourages the community to take pride in our local parks by ensuring these special places are safe, clean, healthy and beautiful. Members of the local community are invited to participate in the Adopt-A-Park program, which is open to individuals, neighbors, families, churches, youth groups, schools, businesses and other community organizations. Groups interested in the program should download and submit the Adopt-A-Park application on the Park District’s website.

Courtney O’Kray is the marketing and communications supervisor for the Glen Ellyn Park District.

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