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Violets coming back to Violet Patch Park

In the early years of the 20th century the property that is now Violet Patch Park located along the east bank of the Fox River between Oswego and Montgomery was the site of a private campground.

Local residents and people from throughout the Chicago area would come to the "Violet Grove" campground, pitch tents, fish, canoe and enjoy the scenic views of the river.

In addition to its views, the campground was known for the colorful Prairie Violets, perennial flowers that grew there naturally.

After the campground closed, the property eventually became a public park, owned first by the Aurora-based Fox Valley Park District, which later deeded it to the Oswegoland Park District.

Over the past several years the Oswegoland Park District has improved the park by installing a new parking lot and two picnic shelters. The park has also become a popular stop for users of the Fox River Trail which was extended south from Montgomery through the park to Oswgo a decade ago.

But despite these improvements, the park's namesake violets have all but disappeared due to the growth of more invasive plants.

Recently, however, the park district board took a step towards completing the restoration of the park. As we reported last week, the board voted to purchase 646 Prairie Violets that were planted in the park in November. The park district also planted additional woodland-type plants on the property.

If all goes as planned-or planted-we should be seeing the first bright purple petals of the new Prairie Violets sprout up at Violet Patch Park this spring.

Kudos to the park district and its natural resource manager, Clint Meyer, for restoring some additional and original color to the park for current and future generations to enjoy.

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