City Introduces Municipal Center Native Planting Pollinator Garden
Ribbon cutting ceremony held Saturday, April 22 to showcase sustainable plantings to the public
Mayor Steve Chirico kicked-off the 47th annual celebration of Earth Day and the community’s inaugural Earth Week Naperville event by dedicating the City’s first Native Planting Pollinator Garden. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday, April 22 at 12 p.m.
“The Native Planting Pollinator Garden is just one example of Naperville’s strong sense of environmental awareness,” Mayor Steve Chirico said. “I invite residents and visitors to explore the garden in hopes that they might be inspired to plant native species in their own yards, around Naperville and beyond.”
The garden, a 21’ x 42’ plot above the east entrance to the lower level of the Municipal Center parking deck, showcases a variety of native plant species and offers a critical habitat for butterflies and other pollinators which are essential for a healthy ecosystem. The garden was designed by Hitchcock Design Group and planted in July of 2015 by the Naperville Garden Club and Naperville Conservation Foundation. The City provided funds to purchase the seedling plant materials and mulch. For more information about the garden and the species planted, visit www.naperville.il.us/pollinatorgarden. For more information on the City of Naperville’s overall sustainability efforts, visit www.naperville.il/sustainability.
Earth Week Naperville takes place through Saturday, April 29 and provides a full week of opportunities for residents to learn and participate in environmental activities to make a positive difference in the community. The event was organized by the City of Naperville in partnership with the Naperville Park District; The Conservation Foundation; the Forest Preserve Districts of DuPage and Will Counties; the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation; the Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau; School Districts 203 and 204; The Morton Arboretum and the Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America. For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org/earthweek.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.