Friends of Illinois Parks supports and promotes park districts, forest preserves and recreation sites in Illinois. "Friends" are individuals and groups who share a common belief in the importance of green space for leisure activities, wholesome recreational opportunities for individuals and families, and the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat.
Friends of Illinois Parks work for park, conservation and recreation goals:
Advances the acquisition and beautification of parks, open spaces, greenways, trails and bike paths.
Supports the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat.
Helps find solutions for teenagers and preteens in "at risk" environments.
Supports recreational programs for all ages, from youth to seniors.
Assists with funding the PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Program.
Provides financial support for research.
Studies funded by Friends of Illinois Parks yielded information to show that more than 75% of Illinoisans believe a park district improves property values in a community. Join Friends of Illinois Parks and help us to address key open-space issues, pursue valuable research and maintain a vital grant program for beyond school activities.