Controlled burns planned in Naperville parks

<p>File photo.</p>

File photo.

During the next several weeks, Naperville Park District crews will be conducting prescribed ground-level burns in various areas throughout the city in an effort to improve the habitat for native plants.

“Management of our parks by using controlled burns manages invasive weeds and brush and stimulates the growth of our area’s native vegetation,” explained Kevin Finnegan, director of parks.

Weather conditions and wind velocity and direction permit only a few sites to be burned each year, during either the spring or fall burn seasons. Trained crews supervise this process, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Naperville Fire Department issues an annual permit to the Park District for this activity, district officials said.

Residents near the selected sites will be notified via mail that the Naperville Park District’s Controlled Burn Program will be conducted in their area in the near future. For more information about controlled burns, call 630-848-5035 or visit

The following parks have areas that can benefit from regular controlled burns, district officials said, however, not all of the parks listed will receive burn treatment this spring.

2014 burn sites

Arrowhead Park

Ashbury Park

Bailey Hobson Woods

Baileywood Park

Brighton Ridge Park

Brook Crossings

Brook Prairie

Carol Acres

Clow Creek Greenway

Commissioners Park

Country Lakes Park

DuPage River Park

DuPage River Sp. Complex

Frontier Sports Complex

Goodrich Woods

Heritage Woods

Hobson West Ponds

Hunters Woods

Kingsley Prairie

Knoch Knolls

May Watts Park

Meadow Glens

Naperbrook Golf Course

Nike Sports Complex

Old Farm Greenway

Olesen Estates

Pioneer Park

River Run Preserve

Riverwalk (Sindt Woods)

Rock Ridge Park

Seager Park

Sportsman’s Park

Springbrook Crossings

Springbrook Golf Course

Springbrook Parkway

Stanford Meadows

Summerfield Lake

Tall Grass Greenway

Tall Grass Lakes

Timber Creek Park

University Heights

Veterans Park

Walnut Ridge Woods

Weigand Riverfront Park

Wildflower Park

Will-O-Way Commons

Winding Creek Park