The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park.
GPC is funded entirely by donations. As such, we cannot make an impact in the park without your help. There are several ways you can get involved: Find us online at www.gpconservancy.org and click on “Donate.” Become a member at any level, purchase a commemorative brick for a loved one, or simply donate to the Conservancy. Visit our Farmers Market every Sunday from 9:30am until 1:30pm from April through December at Milledge Fountain and support local farmers and craftspeople. While membership is key to our success, we also need volunteers to help us with projects throughout the year. You can help by volunteering for projects such as mulching, planting, trash removal and more. If you are interested in volunteering with the GPC, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our current projects include the Milledge Triangle Initiative, upgrading the picnic areas throughout the park, providing much needed care and pruning to the park’s special tree canopy, installing new trash cans to help fight litter, and updating the lighting throughout the park.
The Milledge Triangle Initiative is our most ambitious project to date, with a project budget of over $550,000. The Milledge Triangle is the area of Grant Park surrounding the Milledge Fountain at the intersection of Milledge Street and Cherokee Avenue. The Milledge Triangle is one of the most visited points in Grant Park. However, due to long-term neglect and lack of funds, the Milledge Fountain, as well as its surrounding features and greenspace, have fallen into significant disrepair. The Milledge Triangle Initiative will rejuvenate this key historic gateway – preserving and restoring its historic origins while simultaneously creating a beautiful place where park visitors can gather. But, we cannot make this project happen without the support of the community and our members!
The Conservancy relies on your memberships, donations and participation to continue our mission. Visit our booth, and we’ll sign you up as a member today. You can purchase T- shirts, magnets and bottled water with all proceeds going to the Conservancy for park improvements. Please consider becoming a member and supporting the Conservancy today!