The Need for Open Space Funding
Illinois has not had a bold open space funding initiative in years. Nationally, Illinois ranks 48th in terms of open space and recreational areas available per citizen.
Open space investment generates real economic return. A 2014 Trust for Public Land’s study on the economic benefits associated with the use of parks and natural resources concluded that every $1 invested returns $4 in economic value.
Forest preserve and park districts estimate they will need over $2.6 billion in funding over the next five years to meet land acquisition and capital needs.
Of the more than 35 million total acres in the State of Illinois, less than 4% are open to the public for outdoor recreation.
View our 2009 report: IL Land Conservation Funding