Who We Are

The Urbana Parks Foundation (UPF) is organized as a charitable organization under section 503(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Gifts to the UPF are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Urbana Parks Foundation began in 2007, and already it has raised more than $110,000 in support for the park district. This is a good start, but in the face of dwindling grant support, funds supplied through the UPF become critical to the continued success of the district.

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.

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? Yet have you ever wondered what it has taken for the wonderful Urbana park system to become what it is today? Tax dollars form 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. The Foundation was established to help meet the growing need for supplemental support by raising funds for district activities. It 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 can have on future generations.


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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.