Volunteer

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

Advocate

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.

Rebecca Timm

Rebecca Timm

Treasurer

Rebecca has lived in Sun Prairie since 2019. Outside her work as a Credit Analyst at the Bank of Sun Prairie, she enjoys reading, walking through the trails in her neighborhood, playing at the Sun Prairie playgrounds with her niece and nephew, and spending time with family and friends.

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.

2024 Parks Friends Apparel

Limited Edition 2024 Parks Friends Apparel

The Sun Prairie Parks Friends are excited to unveil the new 2024 limited-edition logo apparel line which is being produced locally by Ameriprint Apparel of Sun Prairie.

25% of the purchase price for every item will be donated to the Sun Prairie Parks Friends as a fundraiser to help the group continue supporting the parks in Sun Prairie.

Orders are only being taken until March 1, 2024 and will be available for shipment or pickup.

Whether you're a member or not, show your support for our parks system by wearing some gear that says that you're a friend of the parks!

To make a purchase, please visit the Parks Friends Apparel Store!

  • “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

Beneficiary Designations:

An EASY way to leave your assets to support the Sun Prairie Parks.


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Upcoming Events

All Participants Welcome

Sat. March 9, 2024 9:00am-12:00pm

Prairie Restoration at Sheehan Park

1365 Linnerud Dr

Help with prairie restoration efforts at Sheehan Park! Park in the lot across from the library and meet the group by the Parks Friends trailer. Some loppers and pruning saws will be provided, but bring your own if you prefer. Dress warm, wear sturdy footwear, bring gloves and water.

Sign up to help
Sat. April 20, 2024 9:00am-12:00pm

Earth Day Parks Cleanup

All Sun Prairie Parks

The annual all-city parks clean sweep will begin at 9am at Sheehan Park - West with a kickoff before participants will disperse to all parks in the city of Sun Prairie to collect garbage and debris. This community event is a tremendous opportunity for organizations, classes, churches, and other groups to adopt a park for the event and work together to clean litter. A signup will be available on this site for volunteers to sign up for each park in the city.

More Information
Sat. May 18, 2024 8:00-12:00pm

Pollinator Garden Planting

Various Parks

The Parks Friends will plant several pollinator gardens at parks around town. Volunteers are needed to help with planting, spreading mulch, weeding, and watering. For more information, contact terry@parksfriends.org.

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