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Provided daytime kayak Eco-Tours, nighttime kayak Moonlight Tours, and Kayak 101 Classes to 320 customers.

Increased the CSO membership from 86 to 100 members.  

Sent monthly emails of various topics to all CSO members

Updated and posted articles on our Facebook page.

Contacts with a local newspaper reporter helped increase the number of articles about the park.  The paper reaches over 100,000 readers.

Purchased firewood and sold it to campers.

Provided a dinner for park volunteers before most left for the summer months.

Talked with over a hundred people at our booth at the Villages Outdoor Expo

Talked with over a hundred people at our booth at the Villages Government Day

A boat and motor donated to the CSO in 2021 was sold for $15,000 and the money will be used for park projects.

Purchased a new motor for the park’s pontoon boat

Provided equipment and food for the Kids Fishing Clinic.  Many members volunteered to help the children during the clinic.

Purchased four single kayaks for the park

Renewed two years of WildApricot for our website

Purchased stickers, coozies, and smart phone credit card holders for sale in the park office

Purchased a lift basket with harness to be used to help trim trees

Purchased metal conduit to replace existing weathered PVC handrails along park walkways

Plans and Goals for the Next Three Fiscal Years

2023 - 2026

Strive to complete Annual Plans 

Emphasize attracting new members into our CSO as well as retaining current members.

Encourage CSO members to volunteer.

Recruit additional members into our Board of Directors, especially those who possess beneficial skills and energies.

Send monthly emails about the CSO and park to CSO members.

Continue to update our Facebook page.

Fund the purchase of additional canoes and kayaks to add to and replace worn-out boats.

Purchase materials and/or labor as needed to maintain or improve the kayak launch area, as well as equipment used for kayak tours and classes.

Fund and provide staffing for The Villages annual Outdoors Recreation Expo and other events as they arise.

Fund and provide staffing for the park’s annual Kids Fishing Clinic

Fund and assist with adding outdoor activities.

Attend the annual FSP/CSO symposium.

Continue kayak Eco-Tours, Moonlight Tours, and Kayak 101 Classes

Recruit and Qualify additional Paddle Tour Guides

Continue Purchasing and selling firewood.

Develop and fund new marketing ideas.

To the extent possible – meet unanticipated funding and staffing needs of the park’s manager and volunteers.


About the Friends

The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, restore and enhance the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources of Lake Griffin State Park for present and future generations.


 Friends of Lake Griffin State Park                                    3089 US 441-27               

 Fruitland Park, FL 34731-4475

Contact the Friends: FriendsofLGSP@gmail.com

Contact the Park:  352-360-6760

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