The Parks Foundation of Highland Park was established in 2016 to collaborate with residents, community groups, and partner organizations and to support the Park District’s projects that enhance the parks and community life within Highland Park.

 
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History

In 2016, the Parks Foundation of Highland Park was established to collaborate with residents, community groups, and partner organizations and to support the Park District’s projects that enhance the parks and community life within Highland Park. The Parks Foundation of Highland Park is an independent, community-led, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The formation of a Parks Foundation was an initiative outlined in the Park District GreenPrint 2024 10-year master plan. It was the first initiative to be completed from that plan.

Approximately 6% of the total residential property tax is paid to the Park District of Highland Park. Taxes provide about 50% of the park district’s annual operating budget of more than $20 million. The balance of income is derived from user fees, memberships, grants, and donations.

Bridging the Gap for our Community

Meeting the growing and changing needs of the community and keeping taxes and program fees in check requires a delicate balance. The Parks Foundation of Highland Park bridges the gap between public resources and the need to maintain a vibrant park system. This will help the Park District improve the health of the community and become stronger stewards of our parks, historic properties, and open land, as outlined in GreenPrint.