Jacksonville Park Foundation
Health • Recreation • Families

Promoting recreation, physical activity, and community-wide health by supporting efforts to change the social and physical environment of the Jacksonville community.

Jacksonville Park Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Events: Run/Walk/Ride during Downtown Celebration Saturday May 17th - 5k Run, Fun Run, Fun Bike Ride, Distance Bike Ride and free nature walk along Town Brook – to raise funds to support programming and to add health activities for the big community celebration.

Town Brook Downstream Cleanup – 9-11 am Saturday April 12 — Meet at Foreman Grove. Must be 18. Organized by Alderman Lori Oldenettel and the city’s Special Studies Town Brook Committee.

About: Town Brook Initiative

Advocating recreation along waterways in Jacksonville, Illinois 62650. An Initiative of the Jacksonville Park Foundation.

Most of our activity is on our Facebook page — Follow us on Facebook – facebook.com/townbrook — please post comments and ideas there. More news and info on our blog (click Blog above).

Our committee of the Jacksonville Park Foundation has two primary goals . . .

  • 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 Park Foundation

Jacksonville Park 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 Park 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 Park Foundation contact Steve Warmowski at 217.245.4178 or by our contact form (below). Please include the Jacksonville Park Foundation in your Planned Giving.