Be a Park Patron! …New ‘Super’ Fundraiser for Park Pride!

The Park Patrons program is officially launched! For 2019, you can show your pride in your county parks by becoming an official Park Patron. Click the order button below and with your $100 membership, you will receive a large, deluxe parking pass for 2019 that lets you in to all parks and shows your pride and helps us do great projects!

Your $100 Patrons membership gets you: *an annual parking pass, *a year-long membership in the Friends of Ingham County Parks, *email news list, *and lets us raise money for exciting park projects!

Click here today and join!

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Of the $100, $58 is a tax-deductible donation to the Friends while $42 goes to the County to cover the cost of the parking pass. A Patrons membership is like a super-charged parking permit and more!

The Friends “cherry pick” our favorite projects to support and finance from a list of fun, high-impact projects in the Master Plan. We can also propose other projects. Every member’s input is welcome.

The County is very encouraging of our efforts. The Friends teams up with local businesses and grant-givers. We can also accept endowments from benefactors. We are the public/private interface for the Parks.

Thanks to the new Patrons program, our parks can become even more exciting!

Improved Entrance to Lake Lansing!

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Thank you to Meridian Township for the matching funds for the ADA sidewalk entrance to Lake Lansing Park South! This will make our beautiful Art Deco-type park entrance that much better. Grass is nice, but the resulting access wasn’t often used. This enhancement will raise the profile of the park entrance.

Donations to the Friends go quickly and directly toward making specific park projects happen!

(Photo: Larry from the Bandshell Committee, Jeff Potter for the Friends, Deborah Guthrie for the Township, Teri Banas for the County Park Commission.)

It was neat having the presentation at the revived Ski Lodge in Lake Lansing Park North. Winter fun is a thing! It’s great having ski amenities back in the park! …Rentals, snacks, warming stove, hot cocoa, and trail grooming! And I’d been skiing earlier!

Friends Sponsor Trail Upgrades!

The Friends worked with several funding sources to sponsor much-needed upgrades to the trails at Burchfield Park.

We matched funds with the TCBA (Tri-County Bicycle Association), the DALMAC Fund, the MMMBA (Mid-Michigan Mt-Bike Association), and the Parks Dept on a $17,000 project to create wayfinding signage and a new overall trails map and an information kiosk and a bicycle repair station.

Burchfield Park has received countless hours of volunteer work from the MMMBA to improve the trails and to finish this project for improved signage to make it easy for users to know where they are on this complex network of trails.

Shown here at the DALMAC Fund Awards ceremony is Jeff Potter, of the Friends, receiving a DALMAC Fund grant check of $5,000 from Steve Leiby, of the TCBA. They are accompanied by volunteer Anne Grofvert of the MMBA and Burchfield Park Manager Jeff Gehl.

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Become a Friend

Support the Ingham County Parks through an Annual Friends Membership.

The Friends of Ingham County Parks organized and incorporated in 1999 as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation.  The Friends are positioned to accept gifts and bequests which will be held for transfer to the Parks Department until the time when they can be used to their greatest advantage.

Give back to nature through gifts of Land or Cash; or by naming the Friends of Ingham County Parks in your Will, Trust, Insurance Policies and/or IRA’s.

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Seeking New Board Members

The Friends of Ingham County Parks (FRIENDS) a non-profit organization is seeking individuals from the community to join our Board of Directors.

Ingham County Parks:  Burchfield Park, Hawk Island Park and Lake Lansing Parks North and South.

Mission: THE FRIENDS OF INGHAM COUNTY PARKS support, identify, plan, fund and implement improvements within the Ingham County Parks. Through active citizen involvement and in conjunction with the Parks Department we provide financial assistance to support park operations that enhance the quality of life for park visitors.

Active board members may contribute to the FRIENDS Board in a host of ways by facilitating or arranging meetings with potential donors, chairing a sub-committee, volunteering at events or offering professional services to the FRIENDS that will advance and support the FRIENDS mission. Board members are asked to serve a three year term. The FRIENDS Board meets four times annually and may set additional special meetings should a need arise.

The Friends of Ingham County Parks is a 501 (c) (3) organization.  The FRIENDS were established in 1999 and have raised over $600,000 for the parks including funding for playgrounds, land acquisitions, drinking fountains, wheel chairs, school field trips, camp scholarships, and concert programming for the Lake Lansing Band Shell.

For more information visit our website at www.friendsofinghamcountyparks.org or call Jeff Potter at 517-347-1689.