initiatives & projects

Access to Recreation

About the Access to Recreation Program

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the Springfield Park District (SPD), was selected in 2008 as one of four Illinois communities to receive an Access to Recreation grant. The $426,000 grant was made from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, MI. A large portion of the grant was used to support a navigation system for Southwind Park. This navigation system compliments the park's numerous features that make it accessible for people of all abilities. The navigation system includes interpretive signs, accessible golf carts, a handheld communication system and an emergency call system.

The other major element of the grant award included the creation of a permanent endowment fund at the Community Foundation for accessible recreation projects. The Foundation has created the Access to Recreation Endowment Fund to support these projects.

Local Grantmaking

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln accepts grant proposals for Access to Recreation each year. Please visit our How To Apply For A Grant page for details. You can also sign up for our Grants Alert emails to receive an email each time grant applications become available.

Fact sheet on the Principles of Universal Design.

For more information about the Access to Recreation initiative, please visit

Accessible Golf Cart at Southwind Park

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