The newly formed board of directors of the Jacksonville Parks Foundation has announced its formal organization and incorporation in accordance with the Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation Act. The 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 parks boosters gazebo restoration project, moving forward with the Town Brook Recreational Trail project, developing outdoor recreation and educational opportunities centered on Mauvaisterre Creek and Lake, working with the City Parks 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.

The Foundation has submitted application to operate as a charitable 501(c)3 organization with corresponding tax benefits to contributors. Jacksonville Parks Foundation is solely reliant on private funding.

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 email (contact form).

Send your contribution to Jacksonville Parks Foundation, 1815 Mound Road, Jacksonville IL 62650.

Written by Harry Ford,  Jacksonville Parks Foundation secretary/media relations.