About FOP
Polk County Parks and Rec.
4177 Ben Durrance Road

Bartow,  FL 33830
Friends of the Parks Foundation is a
non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation,
established to promote and support
public parks and recreation activities in
Polk County, Florida and to promote gifts
and donations from individuals,
organizations and private industry.
The parks in Polk County are among the county’s greatest treasures. They provide scenic resources, historical sites and outstanding
recreational opportunities. The Friends of the Parks Foundation helps the parks and recreation departments of Polk County enhance,
promote, protect and preserve the parks. With rising costs and increasing populations, they need our help more than ever. Recreation
sites allow people to participate in all types of organized sports, water recreation or just enjoy nature. Polk County offers many
opportunities for fun, adventure and relaxation in its parks.  Parks have always been important to Polk County, but parks and
recreation needs cannot be met through public funding alone.

Friends of the Parks:

•        Secure funds for parks and recreation programs.
•        Provide a medium for discussion and an opportunity for citizens to get involved.
•        Promote public awareness of the value and benefit of parks.
•        Encourage the acquisition of green spaces and the enhancement of public parks.
•        And assist with special events and ongoing projects.

In order for donated goods, services and funds to be designated to specific parks or projects, Friends of the Parks can establish
dedicated sub-accounts.  For instance, Mosaic Peace River Park is one of those sub-accounts.  Any donation contemplated by your
organization can be specifically designated for and spent at the park or project you choose.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent
allowed by applicable law.

Nov. 7, 2017
Jan. 9, 2018
Mar. 13, 2018
May 8, 2018
Jul. 10, 2018


September 11, 2018

Meetings Begin 8:30 AM

Board Meeting Location
Polk County Parks and

Conference Room

515 East Boulevard Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1391
Bartow, FL 33831-1391
Marian Ryan, President           
Amee Bailey, Vice President
Jennifer Nanek , Secretary
Deena Wilbur,Treasurer  
Board of Directors 2017-18