Dear friends of parks,
As Chicago continues to struggle with severe illness and loss in so many ways because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become ever more aware of the importance of parks and green space to our individual and collective health.
Not only is getting out in parks and nature key to our mental and physical health to combat our isolation during Shelter-in-Place, but it must also be part of our long-term resilience as a community. It is clear that the neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19 have faced structural inequities over the long-term--including lack of access to the health benefits of well-maintained parks and park programming that is affordable and accessible--which contribute to the health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure and heart disease that make for higher morbidity rates from COVID-19.
So here at Friends of the Parks, our emphasis on Healthy Parks for a Healthy Chicago is more relevant than ever. Last year we started regular walks in parks and simultaneously organizing walking clubs in key communities.
Now we are quickly pivoting to pilot socially-distanced, health-focused, FREE programming this summer in targeted parks on the south and west sides. We are developing innovative ways to combat isolation and build community even if we must be physically apart. We want to help motivate neighbors to engage in allowable exercise and mindfulness activities both under the current Shelter-in-Place order and new realities of COVID-19 until there is a cure.
This GivingTuesdayNow we are looking for 100 people to donate $10 to help us get started! Your donations will help us provide appropriate supplies for safe, socially-distanced activities and keep walking club members socially connected.
GoFundMe will match the $1,000 if we get there TODAY!
Will you join us?!
Friends of the Parks
Note: GoFundMe is sending multiple receipts, including one that says the donation would go to the McKinley Park Dog Committee. We serve as their fiscal agent. While we are working with GoFundMe to correct this error, your contributions will come directly to Friends of the Parks.