The Friends of Parks and Recreation was created to enhance our parks, our greenways, and our recreational programs and facilities. Donations to The Friends enables quicker completion of projects not covered or only partially covered by the Town budget.
For example, individual donations to The Friends in 2014 paid for three sand volleyball courts at Umstead Park. A group of interested people alerted The Friends to the need for courts and worked together to provide funding and technical expertise. The Friends managed the donated funds and coordinated with the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department to complete the first court in just a few months. This project became a priority due to citizen support.
Individuals, groups, and businesses can donate to The Friends by becoming a member each year by selecting one or more specific projects to support or by making unspecified gifts. To see a description of current priority projects, go to Fundraising Projects.
To become a member (individual or corporate) or to choose one or more projects to support, please go to Donate to The Friends.