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Parks / For Your Information TGarden Plots at Mar-Duke Farm he Mar-Duke Farm garden plots are located at 6800 S. Main Street, between Greenbriar

Medical Center and Divine Savior Church. Returning plot registration begins in December. New plot registration will begin in March 2012. Plots are 20 x 30 feet. Four elevated plots, 4 x 11 feet, are available on a first-come first-served basis to persons with disabilities and gardeners who cannot work at ground level.

Register for plots and find a map of currently available garden plots in room 204 at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Avenue. The per-plot fee is $25 for residents and $37 for nonresidents. Senior rates for those 62 years or better are $22 for residents and $33 for nonresidents.


Park Places, a quarterly newsletter, is mailed to all park district residents. Learn about park district programs, ongoing and upcoming projects and improvements and meet the people who make it possible to take time for fun.

Park Avenews, which provides information about events, trips and programs, is published during the school year and is distributed through District 58’s digital backpack and directly to your inbox through the park district enewsletter system. Sign up at

Park Permits

Reserve a park site by completing and submitting a park permit request form available at the Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road. Outdoor facility permits are required for groups of 20 or more at least one week in advance of permit date. Resident groups may submit requests beginning the first business day in February. Nonresident groups may submit permits beginning the first business day in March. There is a fee for picnic site and park facility usage. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any park district facility. Restrooms are available from mid-April through late October. For more information, please call the Recreation Center at 630.960.7250.

Participant Publicity Acknowledgement

Resident Grant Programs

Residents unable to participate due to financial reasons may qualify for a partial waiver of program fees. For more information call 630.963.1300.

Safety and Park Etiquette for Pets and People

Tree/Bench Tribute

• Dogs must be leashed at all times. Leashes must be no more than 6 feet in length.

• The person in control of the animal is responsible for cleaning up pet waste. Violation of these ordinances is subject to a fine.

• Dogs are not allowed on athletic fields, playground areas, jogging paths or at Lyman Woods and Belmont Prairie.

• Please bring a water dish as pets are not allowed to drink from fountains.

The Speakers Bureau is a community service designed to provide residents with information about the diverse and exciting leisure opportunities available through the park district. Members of the Board of Park commissioners and staff are on call to speak to groups such as homeowner associations, PTAs, service clubs, churches and businesses. If you are interested in scheduling a free presentation or would like more information, call 630.963.1304.

Speakers Bureau

Downers Grove Park District staff occasionally photograph or videotape program participants or park visitors for publicity purposes. Please be aware that these photos may be used in park district publications, the District’s website or other promotions.

Thank You W for Not Feeding the Waterfowl

The tree and bench sponsorship program is an opportunity to memorialize a loved one or recognize birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, retirements or any of life’s special moments. It’s a gift that lasts for decades. Sponsorship also provides an opportunity for businesses, organizations and civic groups to contribute to their community’s beautification. A variety of trees and benches are available. For more information, refer to the park district website at or call the park district at 630.963.1300.

Vandalism Tipster Award Program

PREVENT SENSELESS DAMAGE ─In an effort to reduce and eliminate senseless damage caused by vandalism, the Downers Grove Park District encourages you to report any information you have about individuals causing damage to District property.

$ REWARD $ ─If the information you provide leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or conspirator, you may be eligible for a reward of $5,000 for vandalism in excess of $2,500.

CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION ─ All communications between the Vandalism Tipster and the Downers Grove Park District are strictly confidential.

hile we encourage you to enjoy our park

wildlife, we also ask that you let them find their own food sources. Because food supplied by people is easy for birds to obtain, ducks and geese lose their natural migratory instincts. This eventually leads to overpopulation and makes these creatures more susceptible to disease and predators.

Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and other non- motorized watercraft are allowed on Barth Pond at Patriots Park, 55th Street and Grand Avenue. Please follow all posted boating rules.

CALL 630.963.1304 Watercraft on Barth Pond l 630.963.1300 l Autumn 2011 l 77

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