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.

About: Bark Park Initiative – jaxbark.org 

We led the community and won the Top Dog prize of $100,000 in the PetSafe Bark for Your Park contest. We worked with the city of Jacksonville to design the park. Now our goal is to raise funds for add-ons to the park. Join our Facebook page to find out how to help.

Behavioral issues are the 2nd most common reason that dogs are surrendered to shelters. Dog parks release energy, help socialize dogs and let owners find new friends. (And reap community health benefits by getting people moving.)

About: Town Brook Initiative – townbrook.com 

Advocating recreation along waterways in Jacksonville, Illinois 62650. Most of our activity is on our Facebook page — facebook.com/townbrook — please post comments and ideas there. More news and info on our blog (click Blog above).

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: Friends of the Trails Initiative

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. The city has started a recreational trail on the north side of the lake. Next step is to complete the trail around the dam and west end of the lake. Final segment is to connect the recreational path to Nichols Park and the community.

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 2026.

About: Jacksonville Children’s Garden

Thanks to a donation from Premier Bank, we have almost an acre of land along the Town Brook at Chambers & Church for a children’s garden. Nicole Riley and Jessica Gale are organizing the community to design and plant the garden.

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 pushing for completion of a 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 Shaan Smith/JPF Treasurer, CNB Bank & Trust, 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 President Steve Warmowski at 217.245.4178 or by our contact form (below). Please include the Jacksonville Park Foundation in your Planned Giving.