Friends of the Parks’ Key Programs

  • Neighborhood Parks: helping make parks safer

  • Planning, Policy and Research: protecting our lakefront from encroachments

  • Education: training our next generation of stewards

  • Volunteer: cleaning and greening our precious public land

 Friends of the Parks’ Initiatives

  • Collaborating with the Chicago Park District on Chicago Plays! to replace 300 playgrounds over the next 5 years

  • Partnering with Chicago Public School teachers to provide environmental education to 800 students

  • Throughout the year, we organize and support nearly 6,000 volunteers on work days to improve 140 parks and preserves

  • Planting 200 trees in Chicago’s parks and mulching hundreds more

 Friends of the Parks’ Support of Park Advisory Councils (PACs)

  • Awarded over $120,000 in Seed Grants to PACs, since 2003

  • Assist PACs in raising over $3 million for new playgrounds

  • We support more than 200 park advisory councils and partner with over 50 organizations throughout the city providing technical assistance and workshops and developing new park advisory councils

  • Organize quarterly PAC networking meetings