Events: Town Brook Cleanup – 8 am Saturday October 26 — At Diamond Plaza (the old Midland’s) Registration starts at 8 am, cleanup kicks off at 8:30am. Must be 18. Organized by Alderman Lori Oldenettel and the city’s Special Studies Town Brook Committee. More on Facebook event page.
About: Town Brook Initiative
Advocating recreation along waterways in Jacksonville, Illinois 62650. An initiative of the Jacksonville Parks Foundation.
Our ragtag group of citizens has two primary dreams . . .
- Take advantage of the recreational resources at Lake Jacksonville. Create a safe way for youths & adults to ride bikes out to and around the lake.
- Take advantage of all the land the City of Jacksonville already owns along the Town Brook by managing it as parkland. Future purchases could create a park from Wal-Mart to Foreman Grove (and maybe even downstream). Include a walking/biking lane, plant trees, maybe put in a pond. Extend park to Pioneer Woods east at Old State Road crossing of Mauvaisterre Creek, and to a Gateway Park along Morton Avenue and the Mauvaisterre Lake spillway.
About: Walking the Town Brook
The City of Jacksonville owns land along the Town Brook, north side between MacMurray College and Illinois College/Lincoln Avenue. Walk it when you want, download map off Facebook. About 3 miles, trailhead at Bob Freesen YMCA. Access now is dirt trail. We are pushing for a paved trail with a goal of completion by 2020.
About: Jacksonville Parks Foundation
Jacksonville Parks Foundation is an umbrella group supporting parks and recreation in the Jacksonville community.
The non-profit organization will work to enhance the use, growth and preservation of public parks and waterways in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas and to build outdoor education and recreation opportunities for children and adults in Morgan County.
Immediate initiatives include the completion of the Community Park/Nichols Park gazebo restoration project, pushing for completion of the city’s Town Brook Recreational Trail project, developing outdoor recreation and educational opportunities centered on Mauvaisterre Creek and Lake, working with the City Parks & Lakes Department on various Lake Jacksonville improvement projects, and reinstituting SEED (Society for Environmental and Education Development) as SEED 2.0, an initiative to involve young people in environmental concerns and outdoor education.
Our group is solely reliant on private funding – donation information. Make check out to Jacksonville Parks Foundation and mail to Laura Marks/JPF Treasurer, Jacksonville Savings Bank, 1211 W. Morton Ave., Jacksonville, IL 62650.
For more information and to find out how you can support the programs of the Jacksonville Parks Foundation contact Steve Warmowski at 217.245.4178 or by our contact form (below). Please include the Jacksonville Parks Foundation in your Planned Giving.