The Winnetka Parks Foundation (WPF) is the official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to enrich our village's parks, beaches, and community events. Through generous donations from community members, the foundation has raised more than $1,000,000 to help fund key Winnetka Park District projects and events through:
Through signature special events and seasonal giving campaigns, WPF raises funds for Winnetka Park District projects that enhance our community's parks, beaches, and recreational opportunities
Major Gift Giving
Our major gift giving and naming right opportunities provide a way for you to support special projects or link your name to parks and facilities, creating a lasting legacy for you and your family.
Our signature events celebrate our community, while raising funds to support the park district. Events include Wednesday in the Woods concerts, Winnetka's 4thof July fireworks, and Party on the Pier.
Who We Are
Established in 1904, the Winnetka Park District purchased the first parcel of land to be dedicated to open park space. Over the next century, through donations and purchase acquisition, open space has increased to over 240 acres. Spread throughout the community, 27 park sites comprised of a community park, neighborhood parks, play lots, passive parks, and linear parks offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities for the residents of Winnetka.
Recreation opportunities include A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Golf Club, Skokie Playfield Complex, Winnetka Ice Arena, Winnetka Platform Tennis, the Green Bay Trail, a boat launch, three swimming beaches, and a dog beach.
Where We Come In
The Winnetka Parks Foundation (WPF) is the official 501(c)(3) charitable partner to the Winnetka Parks District. We were established as a nonprofit in 1999 to operate in a private-public partnership in support of Winnetka's parks, independent but collaborative in spirit. We convert park users and lovers to park givers and stewards. Since our founding, the WPF has raised over $1,000,000 that supported Winnetka parks, beach and recreational programs.
With financial support from community residents and in partnership with the Winnetka Park District, the Winnetka Parks Foundation has made a substantial impact on our Village highlighted by these recent, selected list of gifts below:
- Assists annually in funding the Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations at the Village Green and Skokie Playfield Fireworks.
- Provided funds to renovate the Tennis Hut to create a gathering space for Tennis patrons to enjoy the company of family and friends.
- Sponsored the installation of two new Platform Tennis Courts that are now considered some of our Park District's winter jewels.
- Purchased a portable movie screen for the very popular "Movies in the Park" summer programs at the beaches and Hubbard Woods Park.
- Sponsored the purchase of refrigeration equipment to create the "Pond on the Green" for +80 days of free and unstructured outdoor skating and hockey.
- Funded improvements to the driving range to enhance the experience at the Winnetka Golf Club (18-hole Championship and Par 3 9-hole).
- Installed free Public WiFi service at high-traffic park facilities including the Tennis Center, Ice Arena and the Golf Clubhouse.
More Ways to Give When you invest in a park, you improve the community that depends on it. The Winnetka Parks Foundation is here to make it easy for you to get involved and give back to your parks.
Donate by Mail
To make a donation online via credit card, click the button below. Please contact us if you'd like to direct it towards a specific project or program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate by Mail
You can also send us your gift by mailing a check made out to "Winnetka Parks Foundation" to PO Box 26, Winnetka, IL 60093. Please contact us if you'd like to direct it towards a specific park project or program at email@example.com.
An incredible way to ensure park stability for this and future generations is to incorporate the Winnetka Parks Foundation into your planned giving. To get started and learn about your options, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond generous donations, one of the most valuable gift you can give is your time. We're always looking for new board members and volunteers, and would love to have you on our team.
Wednesdays in the Woods
Winnetka Park District's Wednesdays in the Woods concerts take place at Hubbard Woods Park on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. With live music, food, and drinks, these concerts are the perfect way to spend a summer evening with friends and neighbors.
The Winnetka Parks Foundation sells beer and wine at the Wednesday in the Woods concerts.
Winnetka's 4th of July Fireworks
Winnetka Park District's Annual Fourth of July Celebration is a fun-filled day that brings thousands of friends, families, and neighbors together for parades, races, food, and music. The day closes out with a festival and the North Shore's best fireworks display. This long-standing Winnetka tradition has occurred for the past 130 years and is our community's single largest event.
Without generous donations from community members and the WPF's support, this tradition could not occur year after year. Please consider a donation on behalf of you and your family.
Make A General Donation
The Winnetka Park District provides a beautiful park system that increases property values, improves our communities' health, protects the natural environment, employs hundreds of Winnetka teenagers, and brings the community together to enjoy life.
The most powerful gift is one that can be used for any need in the Winnetka Park District. The Winnetka Parks Foundation is here to make it easy for you to get involved and give back to your community.
Major Gift Giving
Since 1903, Winnetka's parks and recreation facilities have played a notable role in forging the fabric of our distinctive community. With 27 neighborhood parks, five beaches, and seven facilities, our beautiful town is a year-round recreational paradise envied by communities across the North Shore. To maintain, operate, and enhance these invaluable assets, the park district has and continues to rely on the support of the local community.
Our major gift giving and naming right opportunities provide a way for you to support special projects or link your name to parks and facilities, creating a lasting legacy for you and your family. It ensures that members of this community can continue to enjoy the quality and excellence that is synonymous with Winnetka for many years to come.