Please Help Friends of the Parks Grow!

Friends of the Parks greatly appreciates your donation! When you donate to Friends of the Parks you join thousands who are committed to making a positive difference in Chicago’s neighborhood parks.

A Letter from Our Executive Director:

Dear friend of the parks,

2019 was a year of a lot of change for Friends of the Parks. Over the last year, there are quite a few new faces on staff and board.

We’ve spent a lot of time orienting and engaging new team members and audiences as we seek to expand our membership base and our impact. And a lot of time gearing up for and adjusting to a new mayoral administration in Chicago—one which actually has at least some interest in what we all have to say about parks.

But keeping it all steady is all of you—our long-time friends and supporters, park advisory council members, and all-around park lovers.

You came out for the Earth Day, even in the snow, and you joined us to “Walk with Juanita” at various parks throughout the city as we stepped into a new emphasis on Healthy Parks for a Healthy Chicago. You have helped us further activate Steelworkers Park and other parks alongside the Calumet River on the Southeast Side.

You’ve helped us continue to vet and devise action plans around our 2018 State of the Parks report, and you have testified at monthly Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners meetings to keep them abreast of your parks’ needs and on their toes. And you have turned out in force to challenge the process and the inadequate, non-public park proposals at Lincoln Yards and The 78.

Will you please give generously today to help us press forward?

Can’t wait to keep building on more than four decades of work together as we enter our 45th anniversary year in 2020!


With gratitude,

Juanita Irizarry

Executive Director

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