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Peoria Park District Foundation

Welcome to the Peoria Park District Foundation

We are proud to support The Peoria Park District and help make an impact on those who live and play in our District. Our work in the Foundation helps the Peoria Park District in their efforts to help our citizens continue to prioritize their health and wellness while making connections within the community and helping them learn about the importance of environmental stewardship. The programs the Peoria Park District offers, the trails, golf courses, and the parks you enjoy would not be possible without the Foundation.

What a Year it has been

Boy was 2021 an incredible year!  Throughout it, we shared good times with the return of our Riverfront Cultural Festivals, our “Movies in the Park” and the introduction of our “PPD On The GO!” and “Parks on Tap” events. We also shared some challenging times with the loss of our beloved former leader, Bonnie Noble. We shared contentious and challenging conversations over the direction and future of some of our spaces.

We at the Foundation are thankful for each and every one of these moments. Yes, even the bad ones. Bonnie’s loss was incredibly hard on us, but it fueled us with the motivation to honor her memory and keep her love of our District and its land alive. Those challenging conversations helped us learn more about you and what you want from the District. We savored the opportunity to make new friends and meet more of our community members at our Parks on Tap events. We relished in seeing our community come together on the Riverfront or in a park to celebrate all the amazing things we offer. Child Playing at an Event

Thank you for being there with us, and for helping us to create such a memorable year. 

Let’s Keep the Magic of our Park District Alive.

How do we propose we do that? Join us in an upcoming event later in 2022. Help us be the best stewards of our parks and lands we can be by joining at an Environmental Stewardship Work Day. Or, if you don’t have the time to volunteer, help us with a gift, regardless of the size.  When we say “A gift of any size will make a difference” we truly mean it. Whether your gift is $5, $25 or $125, your gift will help the District continue to be a resource for you and our fellow community members.

Where Can I Make a Difference?

  • Show your love for our Parks and Trails and  celebrate ALL the ways they have helped us get through this challenging year by making a gift to our Parks and Trails Fund.
  • Share your passion for preserving and protecting our nature preserves, parks, trails,  and green spaces through our Legacy Fund
  • Help adults who are working hard towards changing their lives by earning their GED through our Moonlight Coalition Adult Education Program.
  • Help us make our Sports, Recreation, and Education programs available for everyone with a gift to our Scholarship Fund! Your gift to the Scholarship Fund makes our vision of “One Park District One Community” a reality by making our programs accessible and affordable for all regardless of income.
  • Help kids become explorers and creators of the world with a gift to the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum

In an effort to make giving easier on your budget, you are able to make monthly or quarterly payments! Simply enter the amount you wish to give each month or quarter, and then select the frequency that makes the most sense for you on our giving page.

 Support the Park District

Plan Today for the Future with a Planned Gift to the Peoria Park District.

We are so excited to launch the Peoria Park District’s very first Planned Giving Initiative! District staff are happy to work with you should be interested in this option. We can provide information about options that you can discuss with your professional advisors. Check out our Planned Giving Page to learn more.

Did you know you can support the Peoria Park District and its programs just by shopping for your weekly groceries or through your amazon orders?

It’s so easy! We love using Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smile.

Support the Peoria Park District just through buying your weekly groceries! Sign up here and do good while feeding your family. What could be better? Online orders also count towards this making it even easier to support your community! Search for Organization Name Peoria Park District Foundation or our organization number: NF676

Generate donations through your regular shopping! Be sure to use the website smile.amazon.com  or on your  app! Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Peoria Park District Foundation. Learn how to sign up or turn Smile on your phone’s Amazon App here.

As of November 2021, Amazon Smile shoppers helped to donate $1,598.16 to the Peoria Park Foundation! 

For more information on how you can support the Park District, please contact Jocelyn McDowell at 309.681.2861 or [email protected]

Let the magic of nature and time spent outside carry on.