Founded in 1994, Parkways Foundation was the non-profit, philanthropic partner of the Chicago Park District. Parkways sought private investment to enrich the physical and cultural landscape of Chicago's neighborhood parks. The foundation was led by its Board of Directors and supported by over 200 board members including Chicago's corporate and philanthropic leaders. Parkways invested in capital projects, youth cultural and sports programs, and historic preservation in Chicago's neighborhood parks. Parkways projects focused on underserved neighborhoods for the enrichment of the lives of children and families.
- Washington Park Playground
- Columbus Park Playground- Chicago's first Boundless Playground for children of all abilities
- Inferno Mobile Recording Studio
- Alvin Ailey Dance Camp
- 2 adaptive camps for children with disabilities
- Day Camp and after school scholarships
- Community Garden Grant
Parkways closed on August 31, 2012.
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