Great Parks Build Great Communities

The Urbana Parks Foundation

Nature when you need it

Nature When You Need It

Wet shoes, dirty jeans and a memory of pond dipping with his classmates in Busey Woods. A student learned a few of the benefits of exploring the natural world on a school tour offered by the Anita Purves Nature Center. Today as a volunteer, he’s leading those tours.

A grass-stained jersey, first goal scored and ear-to-ear smile were the results for one young girl after a Saturday soccer game led by her volunteer coach. A few years later, teamwork and giving her best have become routine and part of her work ethic as a high school soccer player.

The Urbana Park District offers indoor and outdoor recreation for all ages. The opportunities it provides lead to lifelong healthy habits, hobbies, interests and friendships, letting everyone experience something fun, new, rewarding, memorable, meaningful. You probably have your own memories from a park, perhaps a deer seen in Meadowbrook or vibrant wildflowers in Busey Woods.

Have you ever wondered what it has taken for the wonderful Urbana park system to become what it is today?

The Campaign for the Health & Wellness Facility

Building for the Future

Urbana needs a facility that will offer extended hours, accessible programs, and space to grow as the community continues to grow. We invite you to join us as we embark on this amazing opportunity for our entire community and beyond.
Urbana Park Playground

Supporting Urbana’s Park Systems

Nature, people, and community health

Tax dollars are the bedrock of support on which the Park District is built, but Urbana’s parks are the important community asset they are because of significant support received from other sources. That’s where the Urbana Parks Foundation (UPF) comes in. It was established to help meet the growing need for supplemental support by raising funds for district activities.

The UPF seeks donations from people and organizations who appreciate the value of parks or programs not just for their immediate esthetic or environmental value, but for the impact they have on future generations.

Urbana Parks are a Resource for Everyone.

Whether you live in Urbana or a surrounding community, make a positive impact on Urbana‘s parks now and in the future by donating today.

Latest News

Help us Connect Classes with Nature this Giving Tuesday

Help us Connect Classes with Nature this Giving Tuesday

Students in Urbana need your help to connect with the environment and learn about nature! Every year, Urbana Park District hosts hundreds of students on field trips to learn about nature and the environment, and for some students, this is their first exposure to natural areas. To ensure that all our Urbana classes have the opportunity to visit and learn about our natural environment, the Urbana Parks Foundation is raising funds in support of the Urbana Park District’s Connecting Classes with Nature program. Connecting Classes with Nature helps to eliminate funding barriers for class field trips and provides valuable experiences in Urbana Park District natural areas for Urbana students. Your donation to this program will have significant impact on students’ exposure to the natural world.

Wandell Sculpture Garden silver anniversary celebration

Wandell Sculpture Garden silver anniversary celebration

The Meadowbrook Park Wandell Sculpture Garden is turning 25, and Urbana Park District (UPD) will be celebrating this quarter-century milestone in 2022 - 2023. As part of the festivities, visitors are invited to check out several new sculptures on loan to the park...

Thankful for Urbana Parks

Thankful for Urbana Parks

In this blog post, Urbana Parks supporter Deb Newell shares why she is thankful for all that the parks have provided for her and her family.

Getting to Know Trustee Judy Miller

Getting to Know Trustee Judy Miller

It is my pleasure to continue to be involved with the district in such a wonder way as the Urbana Parks Foundation. As an employee I worked on projects where funding via the foundation were instrumental to the success of these community driven needs. I have also been a donor to the foundation and look forward to assisting the park district in this new role.

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