A letter from our Executive Director:

Dear friend of the parks,

As increasingly impactful hurricanes hit our shores and climate scientists warn of looming crisis across the globe, tending to Mother Earth has never been so important.  Immediate action by those of us who already get it is critical.  And raising up and connecting with the next generations of environmental stewards is urgent!

That is why your continued investment to ensure Friends of the Parks’ Earth Day continues to thrive is more important than ever.

Even as we continue to grow and refine our advocacy work—which many of you told us during our strategic planning process is our most important niche—we continue to be grounded in the fundamental action of stewarding the earth.  For many friends of the parks, cleaning up a beach or tending to a community garden or learning how to mulch a tree on Earth Day is the entry point that connects them to a lifetime of advocacy for green spaces and blue spaces in Chicago and across our planet.

That’s why we are evoking Earth Day as we ask you to re-up your investment in Friends of the Parks with a 2019 Early Bird membership.  We are already planning for next year’s FOTP Earth Day Clean-Up and Celebration six months from now—April 27—which happens to be its 30th anniversary!  And we really need your help in order to make the most of it.

As you will read in the Summer / Fall Newsletter (linked below), Earth Day is so much more than a one-day event.  We are so honored that you have entrusted us over the years with this convening role that is a jumping off point for so much other work on behalf of our parks.  And now we are asking you to dig deep to help us build a much stronger infrastructure to continue to fight for our collective future on this Earth.

  • Your investment at a higher membership level will help ensure appropriate staffing for our 30th Anniversary Earth Day efforts.
  • Your investment at a higher membership level will help us expand our youth environmental education programming to neighborhoods that most need it and must be integral parts of the battle against climate change.
  • Your investment at a higher membership level will help us spread the message far and wide that caring for parks is not just some esoteric exercise. That green spaces are critical to the health of Chicago—to mitigating the urban heat island effect, to helping to manage stormwater, to providing for the flora and fauna that are necessary for life on this planet.

Will you please give generously today?

With gratitude,

Juanita Irizarry

Executive Director


Here are a selection of relevant newsletters, news articles, and editorials about issues in or related to parks. For each section, the most recent articles are on the top (and the oldest articles are on the bottom).

Friends of the Parks’ Newsletters

Summer / Fall Newsletter 2018

Spring Newsletter 2018

Fall Newsletter 2017

Summer Newsletter 2017

Winter/ Spring Newsletter 2017

Fall Newsletter 2016

Obama Presidential Center & Jackson Park

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North Branch Industrial Corridor

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Last Four Miles Initiative

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DuSable Park

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Festival Framework

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Rails to Trails

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Other Advocacy

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

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