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.

Cuisine in the Park – Tickets on Sale!

Thursday, August 7, 2014 – 6:30 – 9:30 pm – Lake Lansing Park – South

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Big Willy Band – Hors d’oeuvres – Beer – Wine – Silent Auction – Good Company

Thanks to our AWESOME sponsors!  Adams Outdoor Advertising, Image Creative Group, BRD Printing, Artist Barbara Hranilovich, Information Systems Intelligence, Plante Moran Financial Advisors, Physicians Health Plan, VanAtta’s Greenhouse & Flower Shop, Bill MacLeod | Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood and Meyers & Klein Pediatric Dentistry | Snap Fitness of Haslett | McKearney Asphalt | Playmakers | UPS

Cuisine in the Park – Tickets on Sale!

The Friends of Ingham County Parks Present: CUISINE in the PARK

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 

6:30 – 9:30 in the evening

Lake Lansing Park – South

Come enjoy an evening fundraiser in the park to benefit Your Ingham County Parks!  Sip on a glass of wine from our local Burgdorf’s Winery or a tasty Michigan Beer.  Enjoy delectable hors d’ oeuvres from Morton’s Fine Catering and be tempted by some exciting offerings in the silent auction.  This years auction will include items from the State Room, Douglas J, Ace Hardware – Haslett, Potter Park Zoo, Creative Wellness, Curves and more!

We thank our SPONSORS who make this night possible!  Image Creative Group, Artist Barbara Hranilovich, Plante Moran Wealth Management, Physicians Health Plan, VanAtta’s Greenhouse & Flowershop and Bill MacLeod | Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood.

Sit back, enjoy the music and beautiful view of Lake Lansing.  Tickets on Sale now!

Buy Now Button One Person $45
Buy Now Button Two People $80
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Looking Ahead

friends_of_parksThe Friends of Ingham County Parks are definitely in planning mode for 2014.  A favorite of many, the Touch a Truck event, will return on Saturday, September 13th at Hawk Island Park.  Proceeds from this event support kids programs in the parks.  Youth programs include free school field trips to over 12,000 school children each year, a fishing derby, fishing tournaments, day camp scholarships and the annual park passes program for families in financial need that reaches over 3,000 children annually. 

Back this year will be Cuisine in the Park on August 7th at Lake Lansing Park South.  The event will feature fabulous hors d’oeuvres, local wine and beer, silent auction, great music and great company.  In 2013 the event was known as Cuisine and Carousels and received rave reviews.  We are excited that the new name Cuisine in the Park opens up a host of ideas for planning this summer’s event. 

Our Mission:  THE FRIENDS OF INGHAM COUNTY PARKS is a group of citizens committed to supporting, identifying, planning, funding and implementing select improvements within the Ingham County Parks system.  Through active citizen involvement we strive in conjunction with the Parks Department to provide financial assistance to support park operations and to enhance the quality of life for park visitors and county residents.  

With the help of our community we are making a difference!  Please consider a donation to the Friends of Ingham County Parks. 

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 Karen Fraser at 517-244-7186 or kfraser@ingham.org.

Friends Awarded Grant

Friends of Ingham County Parks receive $10,000 grant
from Capital Region Community Foundation.

The Friends of Ingham County Parks are pleased to announce a grant of $10,000 has been received from Capital Region Community Foundation. The grant for “Ingham County Parks FREE School Field Trips,” will provide funding to support the cost associated with over 14,000 school children who visit the Ingham County Parks each year.

Capital Region Community Foundation received 129 grant requests for consideration this year. “We are honored and thankful that the CRCF Grant Review Committee saw value in our request,” Karen Fraser, Director of Development for the Friends said when receiving notification of the grant being received.

The Ingham County Parks have always had a program that provided free picnic shelters to schools and youth groups during the week. Along with that came free entry for the school busses transporting the children. Until the last three years the Parks Commission was able to provide this program with little concern of the cost. Working with a smaller operating budget has caused the Ingham County Parks to look closely at several free programs offered by the Parks and how they can be continued.

Historically, the Friends focused on projects such as the Hawk Island Playground or the Lake Lansing Band Shell. When approached by the Parks Department to support addition funding for the Parks, Friends of Ingham County Parks Vice President, Alfreda Schmidt was quick to support the concept of a broader fundraising role for the Friends. When Mrs. Schmidt learned that the grant from Capital Region Community Foundation had been received she noted “this is exactly the kind of financial support the Friends want to provide to the Parks, we have to make sure children can come to the Parks.”

The Friends of Ingham County Parks (FRIENDS) is a non-profit 501 c 3 organization formed in 1999. The FRIENDS are a group of citizens committed to supporting, identifying, planning, funding and implementing select improvements within the Ingham County Parks system. Through active citizen involvement we strive in conjunction with the Parks Department to provide financial assistance to support park operations to enhance the quality of life for park visitors and county residents.