Partners for Parks and Wildlife

 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


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