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YOUR Park, YOUR Day: Celebrate in any way! On our annual citywide volunteer day, locals come together in celebration of Chicago parks and communities. Activities are organized by each Park Advisory Council. A day of clean-up, improvement projects, and fun - it’s the perfect kickoff to the summer season!

MAY 11

9AM - 2PM

FREE Community Event!


2019 details coming soon for parks, volunteers, and sponsors who are interested in participating!

What to expect

Park clean-ups
Tree mulching
Improvement projects
& more!

Thanks to our PAST sponsors

& Community Partners



Volunteer Sign Up

Join us as an It's Your Park Day volunteer! Participating parks will be listed here as they become available. Complete the volunteer form by clicking the park of your choice below. 

*If you are registering after May 1st, we cannot guarantee a t-shirt in your selected size.

Volunteer FAQs

Why do I have to register on Eventbrite to participate? 
Registering on Eventbrite gives us an idea of how many people will be in attendance at each park so we can properly equip the parks with the supplies and resources they need. We also ask that you review and accept our event waiver for your safety. Plus, only those who register online will receive an event t-shirt! Links to registration for each park will be listed above as they become available.

What should I wear to IYPD?
Dress comfortably! Closed-toe shoes and outdoor work clothes that you wouldn't mind getting dirty are highly recommended. 

What should I expect my tasks to be for the day? 
Tasks may include trash pick up, mulching, gardening, planting, hedging, and weeding. However, some parks are participating with family fun days or live music performances. Check with your park's event page for further details. 

Where do I go for check in? 
An email will be sent the week of the event with the exact check in location for your park. If you arrive early or do not see your Park Advisory Council in the park, head to the field house and park staff will guide you to the appropriate location. 

Can I bring my friend or family member if they haven't registered on Eventbrite? 
Absolutely! However they are not guaranteed a volunteer shirt at check in. 

Will there be food and drink provided? 
The Chicago Parks Foundation will provide snacks & water to each participating park. Be aware that it is not a full meal and you should fuel up before arriving to the park. 

Should I bring anything? 
Nope! Everything from gloves to trash bags, wheelbarrows, etc. will be provided. If you or your company are interested in donating additional supplies, please contact Heather at

Is the event rain or shine?
Yes! In the case of extreme weather, participants will be emailed prior the start of the event via the address you provided in your Eventbrite registration.