Open Dawn to Dusk
About Porter Park:
- Established: 2003
- Total Acres: 38
- Acquisition: 26 acres purchased from the Porter Family
- Donors: Acquisition funds plus 13 acres donated by Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District
- Grants: 2003: $257,400 IDNR LWCF acquisition; 2007: $342,300 IDNR OSLAD development Phase I; 2011: $400,000 IDNR OSLAD development Phase II
- Porter Family Park Aerial Download
Description: Robert C. Porter Family Park is the first natural areas park in Champaign providing passive recreational opportunities and eventually environmental education programs. The first phase of this project is complete and features a loop walking trail, 300 trees, a small shelter, a pond, grass and native plantings. The primary power lines along Rising Road will be buried, making a much more cosmetically appealing appearance for the park.
Native Prairie: Porter Park is also home to a restored prairie area. This prairie area, like those at Scott Park, Sunset Ridge Park, and Heritage Park, is kept healthy through the use of careful prescribed burns.