Compost Your Pumpkins!

Why compost your pumpkins?*

  • They are 90% water and are full of nutrients that are good for the soilPumpkin Picture
  • Support a local farm by providing these nutrients for their gardens
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the US are grown here in Illinois – keep the water and the nutrients here!
  • Food scraps and organic materials in landfills are the 3rd largest producers of methane, a potent greenhouse gas contributing to climate change

Pumpkins only — No candles, No yarn hair, No stickers, No googly eyes, No plastic ears
In other words, only the pumpkins themselves can be composted!

*Source -- Kane County Recycles

Kane County pumpkin composting Drop Off

Saturday, November 5th 9 a.m. to Noon – Pushing The Envelope Farm, 1700 Averill Road, Geneva

(Kane County pumpkin composting sponsored by Scare ( and Kane County Recycles)

DeKalb County pumpkin composting

  • Fire Station #2, 1154 S. 7th St, DeKalb
  • City Garden Plots, west of Fire Station #3 950 W. Dresser Road, DeKalb
  • The southwest corner of N. 7th Street and Oak Street, DeKalb

(DeKalb County pumpkin composting sponsored by Waste Management, City of DeKalb and the DeKalb County Health Department)

Trick or Treat Hours / Safety Tips

Trick or Treat ImageTrick or Treat hours in Maple Park are:
Monday, October 31, 2016 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Halloween Safety Tips

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups

DRIVING SAFETY: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  2. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  3. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  4. Maple Park trick-or-treating hours are 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Be alert for kids during those hours.
  5. When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  6. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  7. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  8. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  9. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  10. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  11. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Have fun and be safe!

Tony Ayala
Chief of Police


img_0737On September 20, 2016, the Maple Park Drop-In Center was given a donation in the amount of $7,000, which was from proceeds from the Rich Ferdinand Memorial Golf Outing. The Drop-In Center is open Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and provides activities for kids, such as games, movies and crafts. On special occasions they also host pizza parties and costume parties. “The people of Maple Park came out in support of the Drop-In Center in the name of Rich Ferdinand, who was a long time Maple Park resident who recently lost his fight to cancer. “I want to thank the Rich Ferdinand Family, Dennis Lexa, Ray Lynch, and Tony Harrington for their hard work in hosting the fundraiser and their generous donation. I’m proud to serve this small community that comes together with big hearts.  I appreciate the residents of Maple Park that feel the Drop-In Center is a worthy cause. Thank you,” said Police Chief Tony Ayala.

The Drop-In Center was started under the previous Police Chief, Mike Acosta. The Drop-In Center was moved to a bigger space and remodeled under the current Police Chief Tony Ayala.

Mission statement of the Maple Park Police Department Youth Drop-In Center:  “The Maple Park Youth Drop-In Center is a place for youth to go to socially interact with their peers in a friendly, positive manner, rather than creating mischief in the community. Our program encourages positive interactions with the police and we also support local community events.”

Village President Kathy Curtis sends thanks to the businesses of Maple Park “County Line Custom, Bootleggers and Honest Automotive” for their contribution back to the community.


Vote sign with flag and balloonsYou can pick up your candidate packet to run for office in Maple Park beginning on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to Noon and Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  If you are interested in running for Village President or Village Trustee you can pick up your packet today. You can also print the packet from the village website.

View the Kane County Connects article for more information.

DeKalb County Elections

Kane County Elections

Leaf Burning Prohibited

picture of leavesThe Village of Maple Park would like to let residents know that leaf burning is prohibited. Leaves can be placed in a paper bag or a plastic or metal can and placed at the curb for pick up by Waste Management on Wednesdays through November 1. Click here for ordinance. All other burning requires a burning permit from the village.

Maple Park Fire Department Draw Down, Raffle & Dance

Maple Park Fire Dept LogoThe Maple Park & Countryside Fire Protection District is hosting their Annual Draw Down, Raffle & Dance on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The Draw Down will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and the Dance will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Tickets to the Draw Down are available from any Maple Park Fire Department member for $25. Cost for entrance to the dance only is $10 per person.

Featuring “The Hometown Band”

Street Light Out?

Street Light PictureDo you have a street light out in your neighborhood? Please call the village office at (815) 827-3309 with the address closest to the light that is out and we will be happy to take care of it.

You can also send an email to and make sure you include the address closest to the street light so we can get it taken care of.

We don’t know it’s out unless you tell us that it’s out.


Check BoxPresident – 4-year termVote picture w/balloons

Check BoxTrustee – 4-year term (3 vacancies)

Check BoxTrustee – 2-year term (3 vacancies)

Petition packets will be available on the website and at the Village office beginning on September 20, 2016.

Click Here for more information. The Consolidated Election is on April 4, 2017.


Meet Tony Oberhart

Tony Oberhart is a resident of Maple Park and loves flowers. Tony loves flowers so much that he donates his time to keep the flower beds looking beautiful on Main Street at at the Civic Center (Village Hall). We appreciate you Tony for doing such a nice job!

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Village of Maple Park Official Website © 2016