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Volunteers plant 20 native trees in Pioneer Park

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Above / A team of 40 volunteers from EcoSure planted the trees on September 13, 2023, thanks to the Chicago Region Trees Initiative. (Photo courtesy Naperville Park District)

Naperville Park District is grateful for a grant from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, which provided 20 native trees that were planted at Pioneer Park on September 13, 2023. The trees were planted with the assistance of 40 volunteers from EcoSure, a division of Ecolab with corporate offices in Naperville. 

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative is a partnership organization established by The Morton Arboretum in 2014 with a mission “to build a healthier, more diverse, and more equitably distributed regional forest.” Naperville Park District applied for a tree grant in 2021 for Pioneer Park, which is situated along the West Branch of the DuPage River and is home to a segment of the regional DuPage River Trail, used by thousands of pedestrians, runners and bicyclists annually.

Naperville Park District has been restoring natural areas within Pioneer Park over the past decade, including the wetland, woodland and prairie. The native trees provided by the grant were planted in the wetland along the DuPage River Trail. The diverse species planted included 2 magnolia virginiana (sweetbay magnolia), 4 betula nigra (river birch), 3 carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam), 2 catalpa speciosa (Northern catalpa), 3 quercus bicolor (swamp white oak), 3 taxodium distichum (bald cypress), and 3 euonymus atropurpureus (Eastern wahoo).

“We are grateful to The Morton Arboretum for providing the trees and organizing the tree planting at Pioneer Park,” said Executive Director Brad Wilson. “We also want to thank the volunteers from EcoSure who helped plant these diverse, native trees that will enhance the park and provide many environmental and health benefits.”

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Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.
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