Friends of the Parks

  • IL


17 N. State St.
Suite 1450
United States

About Us

Our Mission

Friends of the Parks is a 42-year old non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of parks and open spaces in Chicago for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors.

Friends of the Parks is a strong voice for the protection, preservation, expansion and improvement of the city’s 8,100 acres of parks and playgrounds. Your membership to Friends of the Parks will help support our neighborhood parks and playground projects, environmental education, advocacy and volunteer programs throughout the city and Cook County

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