Our name can be misleading – while ParkLands offers more public recreational land than nearly all entities in McLean and Woodford counties, we are not a state or county park. Unlike neighboring areas of similar size, voters across the upper Mackinaw corridor have turned down the creation of park, forest or conservation districts since the 1950s. ParkLands was born to fill this gap with private initiative, a gap we still fill today.
In other words, we make our private preserves available to the public with no local tax revenue to support our efforts. And while our preserves are free to enjoy, they are far from free to acquire, develop, and maintain.