Become a Member

Click here to become a member, renew your membership, or to give membership as a gift.

Here's why

Great cities have great parks.

As cities grow in the 21st Century, its citizens deserve great public parks in or near their neighborhoods, providing accessible recreation and an enhanced quality of life. 21st Century Parks is the non-profit responsible for the annual maintenance of The Parklands, relying on the communities support to ensure these great public spaces remain safe, clean, and accessible public assets now and for future generations. Best of all, there is no fee to enter The Parklands.

These are your Parklands.

The Parklands is a donor-supported public park, which means we rely on memberships, not tax dollars, for the annual operations. Because of your generosity, we are able to maintain, program, and further develop this extraordinary public space without charging an entry fee. Together we work to enhance quality of life and help our community and economy grow in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable for people of all ages.

The contribution you make today helps to provide the community with free access to nearly 4,000 acres of parkland preserved and maintained for current and future generations. Funds are used to plant and sustain thousands of shrubs and forbs, as well as preserve and enhance hundreds of acres of natural spaces. With your help we are able to continue the daily maintenance to fulfill our mission of creating clean, safe, fun, and beautiful parks; manage and build trails for hiking, biking, paddling, as well as a scenic park drive; and engage thousands of visitors in education, interpretation, and scientific learning each year.

But that’s not all! In addition to an amazing feeling of pride for making possible all the wonderful things happening in The Parklands everyday, Membership comes with great perks, too. See below for the various levels at which you may offer your support and the goodies that come along with each. Don't forget to download our member perks page linked below, with information on discounts and deals with local retail partners. Check back often because we sign on new partners all the time.  

Each Year Your Membership Will:

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Here's How

The easiest way to become a member is through our online portal OR you may mail a contribution check to:

21st Century Parks
471 West Main Street, Suite 202
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Please make check payable to 21st Century Parks and include a note of the name(s) to be printed on the membership card.

Membership Support Levels:

$35 - Individual Membership

$50  - Household Membership

$100 - Parklands Partner

$250 – Friends of The Parklands

$500 – Conservator

$1,000 – Sustainer

Leadership Society

$5,000 – Founder’s Society

$10,000 – Steward’s Society

$25,000 – Chairman’s Circle


Membership contributions are tax-deductible, less the value of any gifts received. The value of these gifts is available on the membership online registration form. If you create a "login" in the online portal you can login anytime to check your giving history, sign-up for events, and renew your membership a more streamlined process. 

Supporting Documents

Please contact (502) 584-0350 or email with any questions regarding the membership program or how to get involved as a Member Perks Partner.

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Parklands volunteers donated over 8,000 hours of time this past year helping in a variety of areas including our gardens, trails, education programs, events, and more!Read More >

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We are a donor-supported public park We count on you!

1824/3000 Memberships this year

21st Century Parks, a non-profit organization is responsible for the operations of this donor-supported public park system. 100% of your tax-deductible membership contribution helps us to preserve the current and future trees, trails, landscaping and facilities allowing each visitor an unparalleled experience now and in the future. Help us reach our goal of 3,000 members in 2015!

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