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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. We are glad to help 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 Has 2020 Meant for the
Peoria Park District?

This year has been filled with challenges personally, professionally, and otherwise. It has also brought unique opportunities that have forced us to stop and smell the roses (quite literally).

As we supported our community with less resources than normal, we have learned a lot about our Peoria Park District family.  Our staff team stepped up to do things outside of their comfort zones to support each of you, and you have engaged in our spaces and places in new and different ways.  We have been so excited to welcome more people into our Peoria Park District family and to serve you in these troubled times.

People slowed down and got back to basics, our parks and trails have seen more footprints and bike tire tracks than ever before.  Our park district has become an integral part of your life.  Old school is the new school… outdoor picnics, walking, hiking, biking, picnic tables as “offices” to support working solo or in teams safely, outdoor movies, and small gatherings with family.

Our Peoria Park District remains dedicated to serving you and preserving our parks, green spaces, and trails so that we can remain a vital part of your life and your wellbeing both during this pandemic and long after we are through it.

If nothing else good comes from the pandemic, we hope that the magic of nature and time well spent outside carries on.

Your generosity of any size can make a difference!

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 2021 become an even more memorable year for Golf with a gift to our General Operations to help maintain our course greens or make a gift to Golf and be a sponsor of our Youth Golf program
  • Help kids become explorers and creators of the world with a gift to the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum!

We understand that this year has been particularly hard on a lot of us, and we want to be sensitive to that. If you are able to support the Peoria Park District Foundation, we hope you can. 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 2020, Amazon Smile shoppers helped to donate $1,172.11 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.