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The Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus welcomed park districts from across the state to the Capitol for Parks Day. This annual day is a special event where park districts from across the state converge in Springfield to demonstrate the vibrant role they play in enhancing our communities.

“As a longtime advocate for local parks, I always look forward to welcoming the park, recreation, conservation, and special recreation districts to the Capitol for Parks Day,” said State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “The preservation of parks and recreation is essential in promoting health and wellness in our community and environment.”

Illinois Parks Day is not just an event – it is a celebration of the green spaces that form the heart of our neighborhoods across Illinois. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the banks of the Mississippi River, parks represent places of joy, recreation and sanctuary for all Illinois residents. This day offers a unique opportunity for state legislators and the public to engage directly with park district representatives and learn about the innovative programs and services they offer.

“Spending time outside is essential, and there is no better way to do that than by visiting local parks and conservation trails,” said State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex). “We need to remember the importance of these places to our community and continue supporting them to ensure their vitality and sustainability for years to come.”

Over 50 organizations across the state gathered in the Capitol, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about park services, including park districts, forest preserves, and conservation and recreation agencies.

“Our parks provide beautiful spaces that promote our mental and physical well-being,” said State Senator Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs). “Parks are the heart of our community. It’s a great day when we have the opportunity to showcase our continued support for our park districts here in Springfield.”

For a list of Illinois parks and recreation areas visit the IDNR website.