Support Chicago’s Park District!

Attendees at the 30th IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Chicago will have the opportunity to provide much needed support to a number of charitable organizations during the IGLTA Foundation’s Volunteer Day Event.

One of these organizations, the Chicago Park District, is the largest municipal park manager in the United States. They own and manage more than 8,100 acres of green space comprised of 580 parks offering thousands of sports and physical activities. One cannot take for granted the amazing community benefits of a healthy and accessible park system. In addition to sporting activities, the district also offers a number of cultural and environmental programs for youth, adults, and seniors. Despite the size of the district, support is still required. According to the parks website, “we need all hands on deck as we strive to continually improve and expand our park system”.

Columbus ParkFor this event, the Foundation will bring volunteers to Columbus Park. Located in the Austin Community, Columbus Park is a grandiose 135.12 acres and features both a nature area and a multi-faceted recreation area. Complementing the outdoor space is a multi-function field house with facilities for both fitness and events. Named after Christopher Columbus, the park was designated as a Historic National Landmark in July 2003.

The IGLTA Foundation Volunteer Day is being held on May 4, 2013 and is open to IGLTA convention attendees and members of the general public. This is an opportunity to demonstrate that members of the LGBT community are true global citizens interested in sustainable tourism and improving the lives of people in the destinations we visit. In addition to volunteer support, the IGLTA Foundation will also be making a donation to the Chicago Park District.

For more information or to register for one of the volunteer opportunities, please visit http://igltafoundation.org/volunteer2013/.

by Warren Brown, for the IGLTA Foundation

Views and opinions expressed in the IGLTA Foundation Blog are those of individual authors and do not reflect official policy or positions of IGLTA or the IGLTA Foundation.

Posted in Blog on April 29, 2013Travis Ferland
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