In late 2020, a group of Sun Prairie residents, who are passionate about Sun Prairie parks, began discussions on the formation of a non-profit organization with the purpose of supporting the city’s park system. The group has since incorporated as the Sun Prairie Parks Friends, Inc. (SPPF) and is a 501(C)(3), public charity. Donors are able to deduct contributions and SPPF is qualified to accept bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts as tax deductible contributions.
Through volunteering, fundraising, advocacy, and collaboration, SPPF assists in the preservation and improvement of recreational opportunities, land, ecosystems, structures, and equipment within Sun Prairie Parks.
While membership does not entail a requirement for attending meetings or events and is largely a gesture of support, SPPF does hold an annual meeting in January for members that are interested. The membership elects the directors to three year terms and can vote on matters that may require input. Members are invited to attend events throughout the year such as work days in the parks, exclusive members picnics in the parks, and other gatherings. The board of directors meet monthly and welcome the input of all members and the community at their meetings.