Park Board Changes

After 20 years with the Naperville Park District, longstanding board Commissioner Ron Ory is retiring. Friends, family and co-workers gathered at City Hall for a retirement reception to honor his service to the parks.

“It’s happy and it’s sad. I’m happy for Ron, 20 years of volunteerism, and this isn’t just showing up at a park once in a while and helping cut some grass. It’s the meetings and the way he absolutely invested himself in the community,” said Ray McGury, Executive Director of the Naperville Park District.

But even as he steps away he won’t be too far. Ory plans to stay actively involved with the Naperville Park District’s Community Garden Plots, though no longer on the board.

“Instead of just having one garden plot to take care of, I now have 500,” said Ory. “We’ve got a great organization and so I’m very proud that I’m able to give back to the community and to be part of this organization, the Park District.”

And as the Park District said goodbye to one member, they said hello to another.

Newly elected Board member, Jim Ensign, was sworn into the commission, alongside incumbents Rich Janor and Marie Todd.

“I just want to thank everybody for their service to the park district over the years and I hope to follow in Ron Ory’s and everybody else’s footsteps.

All three board members sworn in at the meeting will serve a four-year term with the Park District.

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