Friends of Lovelace Park

The Friends of Lovelace Park are working to keep Lovelace AMAZING!

We have lost Sigrid, our founder, leader, hope and joy. The world will never be the same. Please bear with the Friends of Lovelace as we fight to regain our footing.

Sigrid H. Pilgrim – Haben Funeral Home & Crematory


The Lovelace Park 2023 Photo Contest has been postponed.

The theme for the Lovelace photo contest will be “Lovelace Wildlife.” Animals, insects, let’s celebrate the living creatures with whom we humans share the park! Snap those pics now so you’ll be ready to enter when the contest opens at the beginning of 2023.

Want more trees and flowers at Lovelace? Donate now!

We’d love to replace even more of the trees we’ve lost along the perimeter of the park in recent years and add more flowers to the pollinator garden, but these things cost money.

Thanks to Natural Habitat Evanston, you can now make a tax deductible donation to make that happen!

Natural Habitat Evanston will collect donations for the Friends of Lovelace and pass it along directly to the City of Evanston Parks and Recreation for purchase of city-approved trees and plants at Lovelace.

100% of your donation goes to purchase the trees and plants (minus the Paypal fee, if you choose that convenience).

To donate, visit and be sure to type “Lovelace” in the text box below the donation amount.

A HUGE thank you to our like-minded friends at Natural Habitat Evanston for facilitating the purchase of trees and plants to further enhance our lovely Lovelace Park!

The Native Plant Pollinator Garden Project

September 2020
Painted Turtle

This Friends of Lovelace project is a stunning success thanks to all the hard work put in by our volunteer community. The garden is ablaze with color and abuzz with pollinators each summer. Pollinators aren’t the only ones visiting, either- plenty of wildlife is stopping by!

The seedheads and grasses continue to provide for wildlife through the winter as well. These areas provide shelter for rabbits. Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Goldfinches eat the Echinacea seeds all winter when foraging is challenging.


Click HERE to see the winning photo in the Friends of Lovelace 2022 Photo Contest!

Our Mission Statement

We are a group of neighbors living near and enjoying this wonderful recreational resource. We are committed to enhancing the park and assisting the City’s Maintenance Crew by volunteering for the following tasks:

  • Mulching the trees correctly. Click here for a diagram.
  • Working with City Crew when planting new trees to select the proper spots (not in the sledding area).
  • Establishing a pollinator garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
  • Collaborating with other organizations in collecting litter and debris.
  • Offering our services when needed or requested by City Crews.