Focus on Friends – Friends of Blue Mound State Park****

Friends of Blue Mound State Park is a group of volunteers working together to benefit the park by enhancing and preserving its natural resources while offering activities and projects to improve the park guest's visit.
The Friends of Blue Mound State Park activities and contributions include:
  • Contributed significantly to the pool renovation project
  • Candlelight ski events
  • Annual trail run fundraiser
  • Annual Horribly Hilly Hundreds Bike Event fundraiser 
  • Interpretive signs
  • Educational programs
  • Park entrance sign
  • Prairie/savanna clean-up
  • Invasive species control
  • Ski trail grooming and equipment
  • Built an accessible campground cabin
  • Wood splitting for firewood sales to campers
  • Exhibits in the park nature center
  • Trail maintenance
Among all of these accomplishments and ongoing activities the Friends contributed significantly to the funding of a 2400 square foot ADA accessible all-season shelter and learning center. The efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donors and the Friends' ten years of fundraising events such as the Horribly Hilly Hundreds Bike Event and trail runs brought the shelter from a dream to reality.
The Friends raised about 85% of the $500,000 needed for the structure from events and private donors. The co-operation and assistance provided by the Wisconsin DNR, The Wisconsin Dept of Administration and the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund were critical to the success of the project. 
In 2015, Blue Mound State Park put in a new pool to replace the pool originally built in the 1970s and will add a splash pad for more recreational opportunities visiting Blue Mounds State Park.
The new pool and splash pad are possible thanks to a $100,000 gift from the Friends of Blue Mound State Park.
An event that has grown and has proven to be a huge fundraiser is the Fall Fun Run. Many Friends' volunteers contribute many hours of work to make this a fun event. 

Article by R. Paske