Appreciating the value of parks now more than ever

Mar 2020

A guest blog post by Urbana park supporters Peter and P. J. Kale

We’ve taken walks at Meadowbrook Park for many years. Now that we are retired, my wife and I walk there daily (weather permitting). We enjoy seeing the variety of birds and wildlife, as well as the seasonal changes in the prairie plants and surrounding trees.

We always are on the lookout for deer and mallards, and, on the rare occasions, have seen crawdads, a turtle or a frog! Of course the sculptures at every turn are fantastic! It is also delightful to greet the familiar faces of fellow walkers – even if we don’t know their names.

One of the biggest reasons for our donation to the Urbana Parks Foundation is that we live outside of Urbana Park’s taxing district but wanted to support the unique quality of this park.

Based on the current COVID-19 situation we appreciate now more than ever the value of this park to the community. 

A note from the Urbana Park District: Everyone is welcome to our parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fresh air, exercise, walking, and enjoying nature is important to mental, physical and spiritual health. Be sure to visit our parks, just follow all public health advice. Even in a pandemic, “You Belong Here!” For more information please visit