The Urbana Parks Foundation
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?
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.
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.
In this month’s blog post we sit down with Ellen Kirsanoff, a new Trustee with the Urbana Parks Foundation but a long-time supporter of Urbana’s Parks.
Great parks build great communities, and we can’t do it without people like you! Supporting your Urbana Parks is easy, and we share five ways you can get involved right now in this month’s blog post.
In this month’s blog post we get to know Jeremy Thorpe, Urbana Park District’s new Development Manager. Join us in welcoming Jeremy back to the community and read on to learn more about Jeremy and what makes him excited for the future of Urbana Parks.
What comes to mind when you think of wellness? We often think of a mind-body connection: exercise, rest, meditation, and types of self-care that help reduce stress and promote a feeling of peace and harmony. There are even more paths to achieve a sense of well-being than we might immediately identify, however. In this month’s blog we explore the Urbana Park District’s inclusive Wellness Wheel, and some of their recent and upcoming programs that provide opportunities for everyone to reach their wellness goals.
As the weather warms up and the end of the school year inches closer, our thoughts inevitably turn to summer. This time is NOW to sign up for Urbana Park District’s Summer Camps. In this month’s blog post we explore the upcoming camps and share more details on how to get registered.