Parks Foundation

The River Forest Parks Foundation is an independent group of River Forest residents and business representatives who support the need of parks, recreation, education, conservation, and sustainability for their community.  The Parks Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life for all River Forest residents by helping provide, through volunteerism and contributions, the best parks, facilities, recreation, education, conservation, and sustainability opportunities.  All donations to the Parks Foundation are tax deductible, as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.   The Parks Foundation augments the established direction of the Park District by supporting and funding the following initiatives:






All Heads in Helmets: The Parks Foundation is partnering with the Village of River Forest Police Department to encourage our children to wear their helmets through education, rewards, and stepped up enforcement of our Village bike helmet ordinance.  The program kicks off annually in May in celebration of National Biking Month.


Community Gardens: The Parks Foundation has partnered with the River Forest Park District in developing a community herb garden at the corner of Keystone and Augusta and butterfly gardens at Memorial Parkway.  The community herb garden is open to River Forest residents to utilize for the preparation of their family meals.  The community herb garden is replanted every spring, and is open for community use July 1 –November 1 annually.   


Special Events:   


Bocce Bash: The Bocce Bash is the annual Parks Foundation fundraiser held in the fall.  The bocce ball tournament and social is a great event for neighbors to get together and support conservation and sustainability initiatives for their community.   

The seven (7) member Parks Foundation Board of Directors is made up of River Forest residents and business representatives.  The Park District Executive Director serves as staff liaison to the Parks Foundation Board.  Terms for each Board of Director shall be three (3) years.  The Board meets on the third Monday, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the months of May, July, September, November, January, and March at The Depot, 401 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest.


Current Parks Foundation Board Members

President:  Calvin Davis

Vice President:  Susan Charrette

Treasurer:  Jimmy Durham

Secretary:  Chung-Han Lee

Molly Hague

Ann Hanson


Interested in Serving on the Parks Foundation Board:

If you are interested in serving on the River Forest Parks Foundation Board, please view the bylaws and questionnaire posted in the right column of this page.  If you have any questions, please contact Michael Sletten at 708-366-6660 x101.


Congratulations to our Bocce Bash Champions:

  • 2016: Mark Gregory, Ken Keefer, Caroline Kilbride, Paige Rodgers
  • 2015: Tim Brangle, Cheryl Cargie, Tom Cargie, and Katie O’Brien
  • 2014: Madeline Bazzale Brown, Gabriella Ferrante, Phillip Ferrante, and Allan Lowson