About The Friends

The Friends of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation was established in 1992 and is a registered 501(C)3 non-profit organization.

The Friends’ mission:

  • To provide direct financial assistance to the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department;
  • To support establishment of parks, greenways and recreational facilities and open spaces in the Chapel Hill area;
  • To encourage financial support for such facilities through memberships, gifts, endowments and memorials; and
  • To promote programs to enhance the cultural and recreational life of the citizens of the Town of Chapel Hill through the auspices of the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department.

Current Board members are:

Neal Bench (Chair)
Christine Berndt (Vice Chair)
Bill Webster (Secretary/Treasurer)
Erin Crouse
Elaine Marcus
Lauren Mangili
Johnny Randall
Linda Smith