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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 Jill Wenz, Executive Assistant at (630) 540-4824.

Wine & Beer Tasting: Friday, February 27

This fund raising event runs from 7-10pm February 27th at Villa Olivia, 1401 W. Lake Street and benefits the Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground.. The event is open to ages 21 and over and includes beverage tasting and hors d’oeuvres for a fee of $35 per person. Registration is taken online at  http://www.bartlettparks.org/registration/online-registration.aspx. If you have not set up a household id with password you will need to fill out an online user application and the password will be emailed to you. Registration is also taken at the Bartlett Community Center and through the mail.  Entertainment will be provided by Tammy Binetti of “Blonde on Board” with acoustic accompaniment. Designated drivers can register for $10 per person.

Barefoot Snow Stand

We took a "Stand" to remove barriers to play on  January 31 at Villa Olivia, 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. You can still take your own stand and support the Free To Be Me Playground. Donate $10 or more, remove your shoes, stand in the snow, take a photo and tweet it referencing #barefootsnowstand.  Send us your photo to sfitzsimons@bartlettparks.org and challenge a friend, family member, fellow team member, business associate to do the same. Donations can be made through paypal http://www.bartlettparks.org/general/foundation.aspx or drop your payment off at the Administration Building, 696 W. Stearns Road. The Bartlett Parks Foundation is a 501 C3 organization. Every donation brings us closer to the realization of this dream playground. Let's create fun for EVERYONE! For more information about this event call 630-540-4834 or 630-540-4824.

Free to Be Me Inclusive Playground

The Bartlett Park District has been creating fun for over 50 years and now is your turn to create some fun. On Friday, February 28th the Bartlett Parks Foundation unveiled plans to build a playground that would be accessible to everyone and bridge the gap in play. The Foundation is excited about providing this for our community and hopes to get individuals and businesses involved. By donating to this wonderful project you will create fun that will be accessible to everyone. The inclusive playground will be built in Bartlett Park. 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 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.  

Donation/Membership Form PDF

Turbo Turtle Race

THANK YOU to everyone who adopted a turtle for the 11th Annual Turbo Turtle Race on July 4, 2014 and supporting the Bartlett Parks Foundation. The weather cooperated and the turtles had a beautiful day for a swim. 52 Raffle Prizes were given out to the first turtles that came in over the finish line.

THANK YOU to the Sponsors of the Turbo Turtle Race: Williams Architects of Itasca, Prairie Forge Group of St. Charles, American Chartered Bank of Bartlett, FGM Architects of Oak Brook, Speer Financial of Chicago, and State Graphics of Wheeling. Proceeds from the race will go towards the new Inclusive Playground planned for Bartlett Park.

The tickets for the 2015 Turtle Race will go on sale May 1.


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 Jill Wenz, Executive Assistant at (630) 540-4824.

696 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL