Kalamazoo County Parks Foundation

Ongoing Projects

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Capital Campaign
$16.6 Million

The Parks Foundation is invested in improving the quality of life for Kalamazoo County’s residents and increasing the use of non-motorized transportation. Its current project, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, will connect residents and visitors to many regional attractions via a non-motorized route 35 miles in distance.

The newest Kalamazoo County Park currently has 22 miles of paved trail constructed and offers something for everyone. With over 200,000 uses per year, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail links the Kal-Haven Trail to downtown Kalamazoo from the west, and D Ave. and the Kalamazoo Nature Center to downtown from the north. Once completed, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will connect to Battle Creek’s Linear Park, linking over 139 miles of regional trail in our area. The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is also part of a state-wide effort to link Lake Michigan to Lake Huron – a trail system known as The Great Lake to Lake Trail.

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Website
Give a gift to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Construction

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Endowment Fund
Current Balance = $1.3 Million 
Goal = $2 Million

The $16.6 million dollar Kalamazoo River Valley Trail campaign includes $2 million for a trail operation and maintenance endowment to ensure continued maintenance and care for the facility.

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Website
Give a gift to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Endowment

Markin Glen County Park Endowment Fund
Current Balance = $1 Million
The Kalamazoo County Parks has emphasized future improvements and operation plans with development projects. The Parks Foundation has pioneered funding park development and consecutively establishing endowments at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to help meet future maintenance and operation expenses.

The purpose of the Markin Glen County Park Endowment is to improve and maintain Markin Glen County Park for future generations.

Markin Glen County Park Website
Give a gift to the Markin Glen Park Endowment Fund (Follow this link to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation website, and select Markin Glen Park Endowment Fund)

 

 


Completed Funding Projects

Markin Glen County Park West Side - 1994
$1,000,000
Formed in 1988, the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County was initially formed to lead the fundraising drive to develop Markin Glen Park. This allowed the west side of Markin Glen to open as a County Park in 1994. The project included two picnic shelters, parking areas, playground equipment, restrooms, and hiking trails.
Markin Glen County Park Website

Markin Glen County Park Lakes and Beach - 2000
$2,500,000
The second phase of improvements at Markin Glen County Park included construction of the fishing and swimming lakes, swimming beach, restrooms, playground, picnic shelter, roads, and parking facilities.
Markin Glen County Park Website

Markin Glen County Park – Campground and Shelters - 2004
$2,600,000
The most recent improvements at Markin Glen County Park included 38 modern campsites, paved trails, three picnic shelters, tennis courts, a playground, and a native prairie restoration.
Markin Glen County Park Website

River Oaks County Park Softball Complex - 1997
$490,000
The Parks Foundation completed a fundraising drive with the Kalamazoo County Parks and Comstock Township Parks for the Wenke Softball Complex located at River Oaks County Park. The project included construction of three new softball fields, installation of lighting, a playground, picnic shelter, restrooms with concession stand, and parking areas.
River Oaks County Park Website