CPF_LOGO_FINAL_SOLIDThe Chicago Parks Foundation builds a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving parks in Chicago.

Who We Are

The Chicago Parks Foundation is the non-profit partner for the Chicago Park District, converting park users and lovers to park givers and stewards. Tax dollars alone cannot provide all the funds needed to maintain our parks and building and programs, and personnel for over 590 parks, 220 field houses, 24 beaches, 10 harbors and 9 golf courses.

The Chicago Parks Foundation was established to be independent in the collaborative spirit. Our team works side by side with communities, corporations, foundations and the Chicago Park District to build relationships and programs to support our amazing Chicago parks and the communities who love them.

Our Focus

The Chicago Parks Foundation works with the community on park improvement projects, teen and youth programs, community volunteering, and measuring the impact.

In 2016, the Chicago Parks Foundation provided nearly 2 million dollars of park improvements including new playgrounds, tennis court resurfacing, and mini artificial turf fields. By managing over 2 million dollars in grants, the Chicago Parks Foundation served over 10,000 youth through baseball, football, basketball and sailing programs. The Chicago Parks Foundation supported more than 100 local Park Advisory Councils with multiple workshops and an annual Park Advisory Council Conference to cultivate community connections and provide fundraising and marketing resources.


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Board of Directors

The Chicago Parks Foundation Board of Directors is a group of executives with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise who cultivate initiatives that enhance our Chicago parks. To learn more about our Board of Directors visit our page here.

Auxiliary Board

The Chicago Parks Foundation Auxiliary Board, comprised of young professionals, cultivate their own initiatives and goals to support the Board of Directors and the foundation in our mission to enhance Chicago parks. To learn more about our Auxiliary Board and how to get involved, visit our page here.



Willa Lang
Executive Director


Sara Kalish
Director of Development

Heather Roeper
Director of Special Events and Partnerships

Jennie Scheerer
Manager of Communications


Roz Skozen
Development Consultant 

Erica Acosta
Manager of Community Outreach and Chicago Marathon