Established in 1985 as an advisory committee, the organization's mission is to preserve, restore and promote the amenities at Phillips Park. In an effort to step-up contributions to benefit both projects and programs at the park and zoo, the group is seeking donations community-wide throughout the year, whether it's for a holiday gift, a memorial contribution, or an individual or business donation. The Friends of Phillips Park maintains a charitable fund within the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, which is a 501 (c)(3) public charity. All contributions to the fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The group meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from March through November (except for April) at 9 a.m. at the Phillips Park Visitors Center and Mastodon Gallery.
Funds raised in 2003 were used to purchase a snow making machine for the sledding hill at the Winter Recreation Area, while the 2002 funds covered the purchase of a new pavilion that doubles as the warming shelter. Other improvement projects that the Friends assisted in funding in recent years include:
Addition of holiday lights
Children's zoo coloring book
Fountains in Mastodon Lake.
Golf course beverage cart
"Ray C. Moses Drive" memorial sign
Restoration of the historic waterfall
Sound system at the zoo
Sunken Garden's Millennium design
Volunteer Ambassador cart
"Welcome to Phillips Park" sign
The members of Friends also assist annually with the Mastodon Lake Earth Day Clean-Up, the Flag Day Concert, the Member's Picnic, the Zoolennium Fall Fest and Zoo Holidayze.
If you wish to become a member, become a volunteer, be added to the newsletter mailing list, or just learn more about the organization, call the City of Aurora's Parks and Recreation Division at 630-256-3730. Membership is free.
Individuals, who wish to donate, should make checks payable to the Friends of Phillips Park Fund and mail it to:
Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
111 West Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60506-6106 Donation form (PDF)
"The Cure" Tulip
Be a part of "The Cure" and help support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by ordering "The Cure" tulip bulbs from The Friends of Phillips Park