Who We Are

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 in 2007 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.

Our sponsors and donors provide generous financial and in-kind assistance, as well as contributing in ways that benefit the greater Urbana-Champaign community. Since 2010, the Urbana Parks Foundation has distributed $246,200 to the Urbana Park District.


UPF trustees and UPD staff at the Weaver Park trailhead to the Kickapoo Rail Trail