This past summer over 30 community garden plots were reserved by individuals, families, and organizations from around the community. In addition to individual garden plots, the Park District has 6 demonstration spaces and give back gardens. These demonstration spaces and give back gardens are tended by volunteers from St. Vincent DePaul society, Indian Princesses, Girl Scouts of America Troop 154, Park District Staff, and the Nankamba family. These gardens are also learning spaces and field trip destinations for the NISRA adult day program and the Park District Preschool. Over 1,200 lbs of organic produce were harvested this year from the give back gardens and donated to the Cary Grove Food Pantry and other organizations to help residents in need. It is amazing to see how many hands can produce such outstanding results. Registration begins this winter for garden plots at Hoffman Park. I encourage you to consider renting a plot or volunteering to harvest the give back gardens next summer.
Foxford Hils Golf Club PGA Head Golf Professional Charlie Kane has designed a new golf program geared toward golfers age 8 – 17 years. This new program will be held indoors and will teach the fundamentals of hitting, chipping, and putting. I encourage you to consider this new program and keep your child learning the game through winter so he or she will be ready and looking forward to playing when the weather breaks in the spring.
Finally, as we begin the New Year, we invite you to start your new year in a healthy way. We will be offer- ing a variety of opportunities to try our Fitness Center, specials on memberships, and specials on group fitness classes. We are pleased to offer state-of-the-art equip- ment, locker rooms, and monthly and annual mem- berships for individuals, couples, families, and even businesses.
I wish you and your family a great season!
Park Board President