Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

***IMPORTANT*** Garden plots are now open for the 2020 season. Due to COVID-19, additional guidelines for this season have been made to keep gardeners and their plots protected and safe.

  • No loose items of any kind can be stored in plots (no empty jugs, empty planters, pots, tools, loose rocks, wood, etc.)
  • No compost piles are allowed in plots. You can have a small, approved, store bought compost bin, but no handmade piles for storage of compost are allowed.
  • For everyone's health and safety, we will NOT supply a water tank for the plots. You must bring in your own water.
  • Rain barrels are allowed within your plot, if they are approved, secured, and stable. They cannot be on a stand higher then 2 feet from the ground.
  • Please practice social distancing and wear a face mask. Be respectful to your neighbors & fellow gardeners. This includes following any state orders and additional guidelines as they become available.

For detailed information on Lisle Park District facility closures, program & event cancellations, virtual class options, and access to our parks & park amenities, please visit our web page dedicated to Coronavirus COVID-19 updates, including a list of FAQs, which is continually updated as conditions change

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Garden Plots - Grow your own fresh, organic produce!

Do you love to garden, but don't have the space at home? We can help!

The Lisle Park District's Community Garden Plots are located on the southwest corner of River Road Park at Maple Avenue and River Road. All plots are tilled by the park district, except five rows that are set aside for gardeners who prefer to till themselves. Each plot is 10' x 15' and cost $35 for Lisle Park District residents and $60 for nonresidents. The season will last from May 1 - November 1, 2020. Garden plots require a $50 security deposit. This deposit is refundable if gardener follows all rules and regulations.

Individuals who rented a garden plot last year are offered priority registration for the same plot(s). Open registration for the remaining plots begins March 1, 2020. All plots must be paid for by March 31, 2020. If not paid for by this time, you will lose your plot.

If you wish to use the same plots from year to year, the Lisle Park District will try to make those accommodations. However, we do reserve the right to reassign plots from one season to the next. If you amend your assigned plot conditions, please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee you will receive the same plot next year.

Season Plot Size R / NR Refundable Security Deposit
May 1 – November 1, 2020 10'x 15' $35 / $65 $50

For any additional information or to purchase a garden plot, please contact Wendy Nadeau – Cultural Arts, Rental & Office Manager at 630-353-4303 or


Where to Park

Parking is allowed on the east side of River Road for pull-in parking only. If the lot is full, please be mindful of surrounding neighbors. Illegal parking will not be tolerated. Please also be mindful of muddy conditions when pulling into the plots. Do not drive into the plots area when the ground is wet!


Rules & Regulations

In efforts to allow for an enjoyable experience for all participants, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • River Road Park and the Garden plots are only open dawn until dusk.

  • Garden plots are all marked in the center with a wooden stake labeled with the corresponding plot identification. This is intended to be permanent, so please do not remove it.

  • The four corners of each 10' by 15' plot are marked with wooden stakes. When conditions allow, the plots will be tilled at the conclusion of the program.

  • Rows G and H will not be tilled for those gardeners who prefer doing the tilling themselves. If you choose to amend your plot(s), feel free to do so, but understand that when tilling occurs in the off-season, any amendments you have added may be dispersed to other plots through the tilling process.

  • Before you plant, please confirm that the center stake corresponds with your assigned plot as stated on your confirmation letter and gardening pass.

  • Assigned plots must be planted by May 31. Any plot not tended to by this date will be reassigned.

  • No dumping is allowed. You may bring grass clippings, mulch, etc. for your plot(s), but please do not stock pile any material for later use and keep materials in your designated plot. Compost piles must be in enclosed compost containers.

  • Materials such as string, plastic, fence stakes, fencing, weeds, etc. should not be left in the aisles. Gardeners must remain within their own plot while working. Do not put or leave anything in the aisle. Do not extend or move your stakes or ropes.

  • Gardeners are responsible for maintaining their plot(s) to the boundaries from corner stake to corner stake. If weeds grow to a height of 12" and/or go to seed, the Parks Department has the right to mow the entire plot. Prior to mowing, the Parks Department will place a red stake in the plot signifying the beginning of a one-week period at the conclusion of which the plot will be mowed. You will not get a courtesy call or warning.

  • Do not hang anything from trees without written consent from the Park District. This includes, but is not limited to; birdhouses, birdfeeders, food products, animals carcass, decorations, etc.

  • Do not stockpile items such as bones and meat that could attract unwanted critters.

  • Do not stockpile non-gardening items anytime, this means during and/or after the season. No glass containers such as aquariums or window panes are allowed at anytime in the plots.

  • Tilled plots cannot build fencing, raised beds or arches without prior written approval from the Park District.

  • Gardeners are responsible for removing all non-biodegradable materials at the conclusion of the program. Failure to do so may result in forfeiting one's right to participate in future gardening seasons.

  • The Lisle Park District is not responsible for theft, damage, vandalism, or any other acts of destruction, loss, or irresponsibility. Please report any vandalism, theft, or suspicious activity immediately to the Parks Department at 630-968-1012. Call '911' for any emergencies.

  • Garden Plots are non-transferable in that you must first receive written approval from the Lisle Park District before any transferring of plots can occur.

  • Alcohol is prohibited on Park District property as per Conduct Ordinance 2-02.

  • Grilling is prohibited. Selling of items or pan handling items is prohibited.

  • Please respect others' gardening techniques and individual plots. Whether you garden solely for the bounty it hopes to provide, for exercise, to be social, for therapy, or a combination of all these things, everyone deserves the right to enjoy this experience. Through respectful interaction and proper communication, we hope everyone can enjoy his or her gardening experience.