Thank you Donors! You are Amazing!


Donors gathered Saturday September 23rd to enjoy the beautifully rehabilitated Forest Park. Lake Forest Mayor Rob Lansing and Forest Park President Ralph Gesualdo thanked the donors for making the vast improvements possible to be enjoyed by the entire Lake Forest community and future generations to come.

The deadline for being listed on the permanent donor board in Forest Park is December 31, 2017 (for gifts of $1000 or more). The current donations support the endowment fund that will ensure that the vistas, natural area and amenities of the park are maintained.

To contribute by mail: Forest Park Project Corporation, PO Box 868, Lake Forest, IL 60045.
To contribute online click the green box below.
Your Park - Forest Park
Forest Park is a treasure.
It embraces our history, unique vistas and rare ecosystems. We are the generation to provide stewardship and preserve its future. Your help is needed to ensure that its magnificent vistas and natural areas are preserved.  
Join us as we keep Forest Park forever!
You can be a part of its success...

Take your place in Lake Forest’s history as a donor preserving Forest Park for future generations. The Master Plan to rehabilitate the park is complete thanks to almost $4M raised within our community. The next few years are critical to ensure the spectacular vistas, plantings, and natural areas including woodlands, ravines and bluffs are maintained. The final goal of raising $300,000 to endow the park is within our grasp and you can make the difference. Your gift of $1,000 or more will be listed permanently on the park’s donor board.


Please consider donating to The Forest Park Project.
Gifts of all levels are needed and appreciated!

To make a donation by mail, please address your check to the following:

Forest Park Project Corporation

P.O. Box 868
Lake Forest, IL  60045
To contribute online click the green box below.
Award Winning
June 14, 2015 was  officially proclaimed “Forest Park Day” by Lake Forest Mayor Don Schoenheider as the park reopened after many months of rehabilitation and enhancements. The Forest Park Project Board in a public/private partnership with the City has raised funds and overseen the implementation of the master plan for the park which has already been recognized by:

  • American Public Works Association (AWPA): 2017 Historic Restoration/Preservation Award, awarded at the Lake County chapter level and Chicago Metro area level, and is elevated for national award consideration.
  • The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission  - “2014 Development of the Year”
  • Lake Forest Preservation Foundation - 2016 award for the Rehabilitation of Forest Park
  • Garden Club of America recognized the Forest Park Board with a Civic Improvement Award for leadership and guidance of the Forest Park Project, environmental responsibility and respect for the landscape overlooking Lake Michigan
Forever Giving
Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, professionals and donors, the successful Forest Park preservation is providing the community with:
  • Spectacular and expansive views of the once hidden lakefront
  • Woodland boardwalk and meandering walkways along the lakefront and through out the park
  • Preserved, enhanced and protected woodland, flatwood wetlands, bluff and ravine ecosystems
  • New amenities including benches, bike racks, water fountains, and pathway lighting
  • Environmentally sustainable landscaping and storm water storage and filtration systems with bioswales and a vernal pond beneficial to Lake Michigan as well as the surrounding natural areas


Spring Photo Gallery

Fall Photo Gallery

 Rehabilitate, Enhance, Preserve


  • Address Infrastructure Needs
  • Redefine South Parking Lot
  • Solve Drainage Issues 
  • Save and Care for Trees in Decline
  • Reforest where Appropriate to Maintain a Healthy Park


  • Maintain Unique Vistas, Stately Trees and Open Spaces
  • Improve Safety for Pedestrians
  • Upgrade Park Amenities
  • Honor Past and Future Donors
  • Encourage Ravine Education
  • Protect View Sheds to Lake Michigan


  • Promote Stewardship and Respect for the Land
  • Fund a Maintenance Endowment
  • Create Sustainable, Low-Maintenance Practices
  • Honor the Work of Almerin Hotchkiss and O.C. Simonds
  • Respect the Park as a Place that Represents the Heart and Soul of the Community
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Support the Project

The Forest Park Project Board is now accepting contributions to support the implementation of the Master Plan.


To make a donation, please address your check to the following:


   Forest Park Project Corporation
   P.O. Box 868
   Lake Forest, IL  60045
 Click on the green box below to make an online donation:
Forest Park Project Master Plan
Click the image to view the proposed Forest Park Master Plan.
Forest Park Photos
Click the image to see photos and renderings of the project.
Moving the Hackberry tree in Forest Park