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Parks Foundation

The Bartlett Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization created in 2002 to help support the mission of the Bartlett Park District for items that are not usually financed by tax dollars. These items include funding Resident Financial Aid Scholarships, environmental educational programs, artwork for the community, and other charitable activities. The Foundation is led by a Board of Trustees comprised of active civic members of the community who are appointed to a three-year term. For more information about the Bartlett Parks Foundation contact Stephanie Baxter, Executive Assistant at (630) 540-4824.

Free to Be Me Inclusive Playground

The Bartlett Parks Foundation is raising funds to build an inclusive playground in Bartlett Park that would be accessible to everyone and bridge the gap in play.  Those wishing to take part and join in making this dream possible are encouraged to donate directly to the Bartlett Parks Foundation, 696 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett, IL 60103. The Bartlett Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information please call Stephanie Baxter at 630-540-4824. See the video below on how this playground can make a difference. Bringing the project to life VIDEO Portfolio of the Project


The foundation leads a membership drive throughout the year to raise funds. The funds help to sustain the Foundation and allow the opportunity for it to provide charitable activities to benefit the community as a whole.  Annual contributions of $100 or above are recognized through the Giving Tree located in the Bartlett Community Center with an inscribed leaf. Additionally you can honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or recognize your family or corporation with the engraved leaf on the Giving Tree.  

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Turbo Turtle Race: Saturday, July 4th at 4pm

Turbo Turtle Race Tickets are available beginning in May of each year at the Bartlett Community Center, from Foundation Trustees, at the Fourth of July Festival, and at the race on July 4th at the Bartlett Aquatic Center. Each ticket is $10 and a turbo pack of 11 turtle is $100. Proceeds go to the Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground. For more information call Stephanie Baxter at 630-540-4824. A listing of prizes will be available in May.


Since 2002 the foundation has donated over $25,000 to the Bartlett Park District Financial Aid Scholarship program, purchased a variety of art pieces displayed in the community Center, installed bronze statues in a variety of Bartlett parks and facilities, supported events like Earth Day, and partnered with the Park district to provide family fun events. The foundation is currently focusing their fundraising efforts on building an inclusive playground.  


The Bartlett Parks Foundation hosts several special fundraising events throughout the year including the Fourth of July Turbo Turtle Race, Twilight Golf Outing, Earth Day, Wine and Beer Tasting, Barefoot Snow Stand, and more. Proceeds from Foundation fundraisers go towards the Bartlett Park District’s Financial Aid Scholarship Fund, educational programs for the Bartlett Nature Center, artwork for the community to enjoy, and other charitable activities.

Event Sponsor

Throughout the year the Foundation looks to businesses and individuals to help support their endeavors. Financial donations toward special fundraising events or in-kind donations for raffle prizes are always welcome. For more information on sponsoring events or donating prizes to the Foundation, please contact the Executive Assistant at (630) 540-4824.

Twilight Golf Outing: September 9, 2016

Enjoy a unique evening of golf, dinner, award presentations, and raffles while helping to support the Bartlett Parks Foundation. Check-in starts at the Donald Schrade Gymnasium, 694 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett, followed by dinner and nine holes of twilight golf at Apple Orchard Golf Course. Fee includes dinner, adult beverage tickets, glow in the dark golf ball and necklace, 9 holes of golf and a goody bag. Golfers need to bring clubs, small flashlight and insect spray. You can sign up alone and we’ll place you in a group, or you can grab three of your friends and sign up as a foursome. We will be playing “best-ball” during this outing.

Barefoot Snow Stand: During Snow Season

Resolve to help others this year! This FUNdraiser is for all ages and all donations benefit the Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground in Bartlett Park. Join in and challenge your friends and family to take a stand with us. The group stand was held on January 17th but that doesn't mean you can't be part of the awareness campaign. Make a donation of any level to the project, take off your shoes and stand in the snow and take a photo. Tweet out to #barefootsnowstand and send to sfitzsimons@bartlettparks.org for promotion.  For more information call 630-540-4834. Search #barefootsnowstand for photos of last year's event.  Proceeds go to the Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground.

Wine and Beer Tasting: Friday, February

This fundraising event includes beverage tasting, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment for ages 21 and over. Advance registration is requested at the Bartlett Community Center. Walk-ins at the event taken as space allows.  Proceeds go to the Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground.

696 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL