The Chicago Parks Foundation (CPF) is the first comprehensive nonprofit foundation to support Chicago’s parks, with the goal of encouraging people to connect to their local parks through activities and events. CPF provides financial and program support for the parks and programs of the Chicago Park District. Created to maintain park stability and increase park usage, CPF prides itself in bringing families together, connecting people to their neighborhoods, promoting active lifestyles and preserving Chicago’s green space.
Much of that green space can be seen along the race route for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, of which CPF is proud to be an official charity partner. “Building a Bank of America Chicago Marathon running team to help support the efforts of the Chicago Parks Foundation is the ultimate joining of communities,” said CPF Executive Director Willa Lang. “Both Chicago Parks and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon provide an opportunity to connect people to each other, to their communities, to nature and health. We’re extremely proud to be part of a world-class event that brings together a network of runners who are committed to preserving and building our Chicago parks.”
We’re extremely proud to be part of a world-class event that brings together a network of runners who are committed to preserving and building our Chicago parks.
Chicago Parks Foundation
Fifty-five runners joined the CPF team last year, each raising a minimum of $1,500 to support several programs, including the community engagement and fiscal sponsorship program titled Partnership for Parks. This year, Team ChiParks has 85 runners and their fundraising will support park and playground renovations in addition to expanding its community outreach. This city-wide effort helps CPF engage and respond to community needs and goals for its parks and also provides workshops and guidance on how communities can meet their objectives. As the relationship between the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and CPF grows, the nonprofit hopes it will inspire people to connect with their communities to support their city parks.