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

Parks foundation raises $2 million during campaign

Originally Posted by WCIA News Channel 3: Nov 12, 2020 / 01:22 PM CST / Updated: Nov 12, 2020 / 01:24 PM CST URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The Urbana Parks Foundation said they raised $2 million during their “Campaign for the Next Century.” In a news...

The economic impact of local parks

The economic impact of local parks

The Urbana community directly benefits from the park programs, services, and facilities of the Urbana Park District. From coordinating events to ensuring well-maintained, clean, and safe open spaces, we depend on parks in our community. But did you know that parks extend value beyond the health and wellness of our community? In this blog post, we share more about how local parks are engines of economic activity.

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