The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area was created in 2004 to support the Capital Springs Recreation Area, a 2,500 acre centennial park located on the urban edge of the City of Madison.
Capital Springs, just south of Madison, stretches from Fish Hatchery Road east to Lake Waubesa, including most of the Capital City State Trail which meanders through the park, connecting to other area bike trails and to downtown Madison.
The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of individuals, families, and community business partners whose mission is to develop, promote, and maintain the educational and recreational opportunities at Capital Springs, as well as to promote the protection of natural habitat encompassed with the Capital Springs Recreational Area. The Friends group represents all the units in the recreation area including Lake Farm, Jenni & Kyle, E-Way, Nevin, MMSD, Capital City Trail, Lussier Family Heritage Center and the Capital Springs State Park.
Currently, the Friends have approximately 250 members and six board members. The Friends’ host Park activities including bike events, naturalist and educational programming, restoration work and the Harvest Moon Festival each fall. Harvest Moon, is the largest fund-raising event, consists of activities such as a torch-lit trail with educational stations, music, a silent auction, food and bonfire. Each year, it is attended by over 750 people.
Through the years, the Friends of Capital Springs State Recreation Area have made significant and generous contributions to the park. A few examples include new interpretive signage for the Heritage Trail, National Trail Day Interpretive Signage, raising funds for the support of the Lussier Family Heritage Center, developing environmental and cultural events for children and other outreach activities within the surrounding community.
The Friends maintain the following goals:
- Sponsor volunteer interpretive and environmental education activities, seminar, lectures and other activities that contribute to the educational programs of the Park.
- Provide for the distribution of appropriate interpretive materials, such as books, signage, pamphlets and photography at the Park.
- Provide financial support to the Park for the furtherance of its interpretive programs, facilities and resources.
*Sources: Web Site: http://www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org/
Wisconsin DNR Web site: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/capsprings/