Thankful for Urbana Parks

Thankful for Urbana Parks

In this month’s blog post we hear from Urbana Parks supporter Deb Newell. Deb is a retired librarian who moved to Urbana in November, 1980. Given that it’s November, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we hear from Deb on why she is thankful for Urbana...
Getting to Know Trustee Judy Miller

Getting to Know Trustee Judy Miller

Judy Miller recently join the Urbana Parks Foundation after working many years as the Environmental Program Manager for the Urbana Park District. The following was posted in the Environmental Education Association of Illinois’ Newsletter this past summer: Judy Miller...
Getting to Know UPF Trustee Ellen Kirsanoff

Getting to Know UPF Trustee Ellen Kirsanoff

My name is Ellen Kirsanoff, and I am a new Trustee with the Urbana Parks Foundation.  After serving as the Urbana Park District’s Development Manager for 25+ years, I retired in January of 2021, and joined the Foundation board in June.  The time I spent with the...
Five Ways to Support Urbana Parks All Year Round

Five Ways to Support Urbana Parks All Year Round

It is easy to take something for granted that has always been there, such as a local park. For as long as I’ve been alive, the trees, natural areas, walking paths, sports facilities, and so much more have always been there. It has always been “Nature when...
Getting to Know Jeremy Thorpe of the Urbana Park District

Getting to Know Jeremy Thorpe of the Urbana Park District

Jeremy Thorpe is no stranger to the community and enjoys the many opportunities that the park district offers in regards to recreation and athletics. In this month’s blog post we sat down with Jeremy to learn more about him, and his plans for supporting the Park...
The Wellness Wheel

The Wellness Wheel

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...