Kalamazoo County Parks Foundation

The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County

The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County was formed in 1988 when a small but
passionate group of citizens wanted to protect parkland at the former Morris Markin
estate and create a recreational destination. The group formed a partnership with the
County to develop and protect park lands.

The mission of the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County is to assist the County of
Kalamazoo by raising funds to be used for development, improvement, maintenance,
and promotion of the parks, which are now or hereafter owned and operated by the County of Kalamazoo. The Parks Foundation will also receive and administer funds for the preservation of objects of natural interest for educational and charitable purposes, and for purposes benefiting the public welfare of citizens of Kalamazoo County and Southwest Michigan.

2021 Board of Directors
Toni Thompson, President
Jeff Carter, Vice President
Paul Banner, Secretary
Brenda Longman, Treasurer
Jilisa Grooters Williams
Cheryl Pickett
Eldor Quandt
Liz VandenHeede

Our Partners
Friends of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail:
In 1980, Kalamazoo leaders gathered to develop a plan for enriching our quality of life in the next millennium. From this planning effort The Kalamazoo Forum was created to tackle large-scale community issues, such as restoring the viability of the Kalamazoo River. Citizens, with assistance from the Forum, envisioned a non-motorized trail that would connect these communities and bring residents closer to the river. The Friends of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway was created to focus resources on completing a master plan for the trail. Today, the Friends are partners with the Parks Foundation and, together, the two groups are realizing a vision that has inspired citizens for decades.

Kalamazoo County:
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is operated as a Kalamazoo County Park.

Kalamazoo County Road Commission:
The Kalamazoo County Road Commission manages engineering and construction for phases of the trail.

Michigan Department of Transportation:
The Michigan Department of Transportation provides matching enhancement grants toward construction of the trail. 

City of Kalamazoo: 
The City of Kalamazoo manages engineering and construction for phases of the trail.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources:  
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources supports the project through leased property and Trust Fund grant money.

And, the many community members, businesses and foundations supporting our efforts!

The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County is a 501 (c)(3)
organization, making your gift tax-deductible.