Friends Groups

Our Liaison to Your Neighborhood

The Park People assists interested individuals in the creation of Friends Groups for their neighborhood parks. We provide direction, capacity building strategies and resources for these individuals and work as a liaison between their group and the Parks Department. Ultimately, these groups work to promote and enhance their parks through volunteer efforts, fund raising, and events. Over the years The Park People has assisted in the formation of over thirty groups.


The Park People Annual Friends Group Meeting

The meeting took place thursday April 4th, at the Mitchell Park Domes. Friends Groups networked with each other while sharing up-coming events, Group plans, and learned valuable information from guest speakers.

For more information, contact [email protected]


Our Photo Gallery has many pictures of the Friends Groups enjoying the parks and sponsored events.

Start a Group

begin a friends group


find a friends group


support your friends group


Friends Groups and Volunteers are essential to the long term well-being of our Park System– those who work earnestly to support enhancements that otherwise would not occur. The Park People believes that these unsung heroes should get some recognition for their efforts. The Park People Board of Directors reviews the efforts of a number of Friends Groups and individual volunteers annually to determine the current year’s awardees.

2019 Friends Group of the Year

Friends of Humboldt Park

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Sue Goulee

Full List of Friends Group & Volunteer of the Year