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The Parks Foundation of Highland Park is dedicated to the belief that every resident of our community deserves the opportunity for an enriched, healthy lifestyle. We raise funds to support and enhance exceptional Park District projects and provide scholarship funding to ensure that all community members are able to participate in Park District programs. Your support allows us to provide the resources necessary for everyone in and around Highland Park to access our world-class Park District facilities. The Parks Foundation is an independent, community-led, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Make a difference in your own backyard by giving to our scholarship funds or capital campaigns. We’ll help you select a giving program to match your personal interests.

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Park Avenue Breakwater / Boat Ramp

The Park Avenue breakwater and boat ramp are unique regional assets. With the project complete, all Highland Park residents can safely enjoy everything their lakefront has to offer. The project will allow continued safety for boaters, since the ramp is a launch for emergency boat rescue services. Without this site, nearby boaters in need of rescue will have to wait as much an hour as rescuers launch from a site further away. 


HP Giants Athletics Booster

Enhance the experience for players and spectators by investing in the growth and development of park district athletic facilities to better serve our community and attract new families to the area. Your donation will help achieve the following goals:

• Improve Park District fields and diamonds
• Raise the profile of the Park District athletic programs
• Bring our facilities up to or better than neighboring facilities


Scholarships Mean Involvement in Leisure for Everyone (SMILE) Grant-in-Aid

The SMILE Grant-in-Aid Program gives families in need of financial assistance the opportunity to participate in Park District of Highland Park programs. The Parks Foundation raises SMILE funds to ensure that all residents can enjoy the healthy enrichment activities that Park District programming offers. We “Give a SMILE” for all to play!


Foundation Youth Initiative (FYI)

FYI was established to expand our reach to Highwood children who rely on the Park District of Highland Park for enrichment activities. Each year, dozens of  low-income children learn critical water safety and introductory swimming skills through our Learn-to-Swim lessons. FYI also funds summer camp scholarships for local youngsters in need. The Foundation partners with the Nuestro Center and the Highland Park Community Foundation in funding and administering FYI. 


Commemorative Bench or Tree

Are you looking for a meaningful way to commemorate a special event or memorialize a loved one? Your donation of a tree or bench is a unique way to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or remembrances and improves our community’s parks and facilities. Proceeds from your donation benefit the Parks Foundation of Highland Park.


Sunset Woods Playground Seating Plaza Bricks

Honor your family or organization with recognition on the playground seating plaza between the new Rocket Ship and Nature-Themed playgrounds.  A message is engraved with the wording of your choice. Maximum of three lines with up to 13 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. All letters are capitalized.  

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Are you looking for inspiring ways to give back, create a deeper connection with your community, and make a real difference now and for generations to come? Getting involved with the Foundation is a rewarding opportunity for residents with a passion for the Park District and the services it provides. Attend or volunteer at an event or share your expertise with our Board. Be a part of the exciting things happening at the Parks Foundation of Highland Park!
Apply to join our Board of Directors
Apply to join our high school Student Board
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Jump in the Lake

At national award-winning
Rosewood Beach

Take a Hike

In the 97-acre Heller Nature
Preserve woodlands

Fly a Kite

At Sunset Woods or our 43
other district parks

"You are helping my children grow and thrive. I would literally be at a loss without these services."
Highland Park mom
SMILE Grant-in-Aid Recipient

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