This week, the Foundation for Dane County Parks announced the recipients of their second annual round of grants, funded by the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment Fund. The grants totaled $7,981 and were awarded to5 nonprofit groups who work to support and enhance volunteerism, interpretation and provide educational programming within the Dane County Parks system.
“Now more than ever we need healthy County Parks and Dane County is fortunate that our County Parks are supported by a cadre of volunteers and Friends groups. We are pleased to make these investments in the community so our natural resources can continue to thrive for many years to come." said Bill Lunney, the Foundation’s President.
In 2020, recipients included:
· Friends of Anderson Park ($960), to purchase equipment for their Food Pantry Gardens, allowing them to serve two new food pantries.
· Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area ($1,893), to update stewardship and visitor educational materials.
· Friends of Silverwood Park ($2,000), for a volunteer recruitment and retention program to build volunteer support.
· Friends of McCarthy Park ($2,000), for equipment to groom and maintain winter ski and snowshoe trails.
· Ice Age Trail Alliance ($1,128), for an educational effort to stop the spread of invasive species along various segments of the Ice Age Trail.
The five recipient groups are part of a strong volunteer network that help maintain and improve the parks and natural resource areas within Dane County. The Foundation for Dane County Parks is proud to support the work of these volunteers and their efforts to best serve the parks system and the Dane County Community.