About The Friends
Thank you for your interest in Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to introduce you to our Citizen Support Organization (CSO). Friends was organized in 2009 by a group of passionate volunteers who wanted to protect and help sustain the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. As a CSO, we are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with oversight by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks.
Soon after the first board meeting, relationships with local government agencies, businesses, and other not-for-profit organizations were established to promote the Friends mission of supporting the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, as well as Hernando County.
Since Friends was created the CSO has funded; the Park's concert stage, the children's playground, LED Christmas lights and synchronizers, new speakers for Buccaneer Bay and the Animal Show, installation of satellite radio at Buccaneer Bay, a new computer system to enhance presentations in the underwater theater, underwater safety equipment, renovations to the guest services building, sign kiosks, and landscaping around the park.
In 2014, a Master Plan was adopted for the Park that outlined needed improvements. The Friends mission is to raise funds that will help to offset improvement costs to the state park system and improve Weeki Wachee Springs State Park for generations to come.
Our fund raising efforts are dedicated to making our beloved Park the thriving, national family attraction it has been since 1947. The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park work unselfishly to make this iconic natural spring a destination where families create lifelong memories by experiencing the magic of the Weeki Wachee River.
The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park governing board meets the third Tuesday of each month from 5pm to 7pm in the Park Administration Building conference room. All are invited to attend. All meetings are noted on the Calendar of Events.
2017 Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Board of Directors
(left to right)
Sheila Smith, Secretary
Jane Evans, Vice President
Bobby Rae, President
Madelyn Hermetet, Treasurer
The mission of the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is to promote the use, preservation, and enhancement of the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
WHAT CITIZEN SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS DO
A CSO can raise funds, seek and receive grants, accept gifts and bequests of money, as well a tangible property and real property. These funds can provide additional equipment, buildings, programs and renovation according to the needs and plans for the individual park. The overall statewide goal of Citizen Support Organizations are to help our state parks provide interesting, educational and entertaining visitor services.
Lauren E. Bauer
Melissa and Andrew Cross
Julie & Dave Mendenhall
Jerry & Pam Napp
Rose & Pete Rocco
Vicki & Jack Smith
Jake & Sheila Varn
Sonny & Pamela Vergara
Judy & Don Whitehead
Thanks to local businesses or organizations who made recent $100+ donations:
One of the Park's BEAUTIFUL Peacocks