Friends of the Park

Friends of the Parks (FOTP) inspires, equips, and mobilizes a diverse Chicago to ensure an equitable park system for a healthy Chicago. As a city-wide organization, FOTP envisions a well-balanced Chicago park system, protected by Chicagoans for Chicagoans, to advance the individual, community, public, ecological, and economic health and well-being of our city. Friends of the Parks is a strong voice for the development of parks in park-poor neighborhoods and is a powerful advocate for protecting existing parks.Our strength lies in our organizational commitment to build park advisory councils (PACs) and park advocacy organizations at the grassroots level where we assist in fostering improvements in parks, marshalling volunteers to adopt and clean parks, advocating for equality in resources throughout the city, and providing micro- grants to PACs. With a commitment to working at the grassroots level, this strategy is fundamental to our philosophy and has been strongly reaffirmed through our strategic planning process.