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Sugar Grove Park District to honor Betty Rich

SUGAR GROVE – A Sugar Grove park area Tuesday will be dedicated to a longtime resident who supported children and recreation.

The play area at Dugan Park West, located at 1944 Fays Lane in Sugar Grove, will be dedicated in memory of Betty Rich. The park district will install a plaque with Rich's name onto a large boulder in the park, said Greg Repede, the district's executive director.

Rich helped to develop the park when it belonged to the village before the 2002 formation of the Sugar Grove Park District, Repede said. The park is near the Rich family's amassed property that later would become Rich Harvest Farms and the home of the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois. Betty Rich diedMay 28, 2013, at the age of 73.

"Betty had been instrumental in putting in the playground equipment that is currently there today," Repede said.

Bob Bohler, a village trustee, approached the park district about honoring Rich. Rich learned about the need for the playground in the 1990s from girls who lived in the Dugan Woods neighborhood, Bohler said.

Rich agreed to match the girls' fundraising efforts, which totaled in the thousands after organizing pig roast and road rallies. Dugan Woods residents installed the equipment themselves, and in 1995, the girls finally had their playground.

Repede said Tuesday's dedication will be fairly low-key, but everyone is welcome to attend.

"It would be a great honor for her family," Bohler said.

If You Go

What: Betty Rich playground dedication
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Dugan Park West, 1944 Fays Lane, Sugar Grove
Information: 630-466-7436

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