SPPF coordinates volunteer events for members to donate their time and efforts to improve the parks.


SPPF is an advocate for planning, growth, ecosystems, and developing the parks.

Raise Funds

SPPF helps fundraise and collect contributions to support the parks.

Board of Directors:

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Jonathan Stevens

Founder, President

Jonathan has been visiting Sun Prairie Parks for over 35 years and enjoys ice skating, canoeing, sledding, snowshoeing, flying kites, climbing trees, bicycling, hammocking, and playing with his daughters in the Sun Prairie parks.

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William Dunlop

Founder, Vice President

Bill and his wife, Amy, have been residents of Sun Prairie for 15 years and have a passion for parks. During his engineering career he has designed parks, bike and pedestrian trails, and natural areas. Bill can be seen running or biking on Sun Prairie’s trail system almost any day of the week or helping Groundswell Conservancy at Patrick Marsh.

Erik Naumoff

Erik Naumoff

Founder, Secretary

Moving to Sun Prairie in 2005, Erik has been enjoying the Sun Prairie neighborhood parks as a means of both relaxation and recreation for years. Moreover, for the past 8+ years, he has been frequenting the Sun Prairie Pet Excercise Area on almost a daily basis along with his two dogs, and serving as a staunch advocate for dog park maintenance, enhancements and expansion.

Terry Larson

Terry Larson

Director At-Large

Terry joined the board in 2022 and is a long-time advocate for Sun Prairie Parks. Terry has been instrumental in organizing the group's efforts with planting pollinator gardens in Sun Prairie parks. Terry is an avid bicyclist and often can be found commuting on his electric bike around town when the weather allows.

Mark Piela

Mark Piela

Founder, Director At-Large

Mark and his wife, Kate, have called Sun Prairie home for over 35 years. Along with their children, they have explored many of the amenities of the park system. Through the seasons, whether swimming or skating, playing baseball or sledding, biking or cross-country skiing, bird watching or nature hikes…enjoying the outdoors has always been a family favorite.

Theran Stautz

Theran Stautz

Director At-Large

Theran and his family have lived in Sun Prairie since 2015. He enjoys biking in every season, on and off-road, He also likes to kayak, camp, hike, and play frisbee golf and soccer. Theran's work as an ecologist has given him a deep appreciation for natural resources and he is working to improve vegetation and wildlife habitat at the City's Parks.

Nikki Wachter

Nikki Wachter

Director At-Large

Nikki has lived in Sun Prairie for over a decade. She believes that spending time outdoors playing and enjoying nature is important for individual and community health and is proud to be part of Sun Prairie which provides many opportunities to get outside. You will often find her walking or running through SP trails or playing at a SP playground with her family.

  • “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

    John Muir
  • "The measure of any great civilization is its cities and a measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares."

    John Ruskin

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Upcoming Events

All Participants Welcome

Sat. September 16, 2023

Multicultural Fair

Sheehan Park

Sun Prairie Parks Friends will host a table at the Multicultural Fair. Stop by and say hello!

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September 21 & 22, 2023

Community Playground Build

Royal Oaks Park

Volunteer to help assemble the new playground and equipment at Royal Oaks Park. By not having to contract for the full build cost of the playground, the city is able to reduce the project costs and include project enhancements with the budgeted funds.

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October 28, 2023

Sun Prairie Trunk-or-Treat

Sun Prairie Aquatic Center Parking Lot

Wear your costume and come out to the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center for the trunk-or-treat! There will be live music, free games, & the Sun Prairie Parks Friends will be passing out wild flower seed packets!!

Third Wednesday of the Month

Board Meetings

Various Locations - See Schedule

The Sun Prairie Parks Friends, Inc. Board of Directors meet once a month and welcome member and community input at all meetings. Meetings are typically on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm.

SPPF Meeting Schedule