JCPA    Providing Support to Jackson County Parks

Jackson County Parks Association
1992 Warren Ave.
Jackson, MI 49203







Brief History of Jackson County Parks Association


In 1998 a small group of Jackson County residents who enjoyed using Jackson County Parks began to worry that the parks were not being maintained as well as they should be and that there were rumors that because of budget constraints and problems with vandalism in the parks, County officials might consider selling the parks. This group of citizens decided that they would provide both volunteer and financial support for the parks.

As a result of this concern, in April 1998 over 40 citizens attended an organizational meeting to form the Jackson County Parks Association. Subsequently, the group adopted By-Laws, officers were elected and the group became a Michigan Nonprofit Corporation and obtained 501 (c) (3) nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

The stated MISSION of the Association is: To provide financial and volunteer support to Jackson County Parks for the expansion and improvement of services and resources of the Parks and to promote the responsible use of the Parks.

Since, 1998, Association volunteers have been active in the parks with such projects as landscaping, painting and repairing structures and play equipment, and seeking community support for the parks. Older picnic structures and play equipment have been renovated and new ones purchased with Association funds. Association funds have also provided a parks mower and a digital camera for the Parks use. Renovations of the offices and rest room facilities at Swain’s Lake and Pleasant Lake County Parks and Campgrounds have also been funded by the Parks Association.

Some money for these capital projects have come from fund-raising activities of the Association, but the majority of the funds has come from income from two endowments, totaling about $600,000, that have been established in the Jackson County Community Foundation and designated for the use of the Association for the betterment of Jackson County Parks.

 All current members of the Association are determined to continue to seek community support for this valuable treasure of Jackson County.

Phone:  517-788-4320

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