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Become a Friend of the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County

Chances are you and your family have benefited from a Hendricks County Park, program, event or amenity. We are often asked the best way to give appreciation for having access to these natural spaces and education so we have created an easy way to show your support- become a “Friend” of the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County. 

The Foundation assists Hendricks County Parks and Recreation in projects, long-term planning, and events like the Summer Fun Run Series and Fall Colors Festival to ensure natural spaces and outdoor recreation for all our residents. Our next big project is Phase 1 of W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park in Washington Township. 

To become a friend, you can find us at a Hendricks County Parks and Recreation event, pick up a form at the McCloud Nature Park Nature Center or make a donation online. 

Friends commit to giving $10 or more a month or a make a one-time donation of $100 or more per year. To become a Friend online, head to our donation page. Then select the amount you would like to give. In the box “I would like to designate this to a certain fund”, select “Friend of PFOHC” and then click monthly if you choose or leave box unclicked for a one-time donation. 

Friends will be recognized on our website, get invited to Foundation events and feel pride in knowing their donation is helping local natural spaces for generations to enjoy. 

Thank you for joining us in supporting your Hendricks County Parks and Recreation!

Let’s Build a Park Together!

As we look ahead to 2018, we are most excited about helping Hendricks County Parks & Recreation break ground on a new park- W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park. A master plan includes a bicycle obstacle course, nature playground, shelter, bathrooms, hiking trails, community garden and more. 

W.S. Gibbs is located off Gibbs Road between 200 S and 350 S making it the county’s most centrally-located park! 

More information about the park can be found on the Hendricks County Parks and Recreation website

To contribute to the park, you can make a one-time donation or recurring sponsorship here

Thank you for supporting our local natural spaces! 

Fall Colors Run

October 21st, 2017: 1-mile, 5K or 10K

Make a Tribute Donation to McCloud Nature Park

We have received several phone calls asking about how donations can be made to McCloud Nature Park as a tribute to someone who has passed away.

Donations can be made online — and as a tribute — here:

Donations can also be accepted by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation staff at their main office located at 955 E. Main Street in Danville from 8am to 4pm, M-F.

We thank this family for thinking of us in their time of grief, and we offer our heartfelt condolences for their loss.

Parks Foundation Hires Marketing and Events Manager

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County is excited to announce the hiring of Meghan Stritar as its new Marketing and Events Manager.

Meghan will coordinate and host events like the McCloud Honeybee Fest, the Fall Colors Run, Maple Syrup Days, and the Native Plant Sale for the Parks Foundation. She will also work to secure sponsorships and donations to be used for improvements to McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, and the western portion of the Vandalia Trail.

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County serves as the not-for-profit fundraising partner for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation.

Meghan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. She spent many years running park programs and special events, including day camps, Teen Battle of the Bands, sports leagues, and more.

Meghan worked for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation from 2015-16, handling their communications and marketing.

In 2016, after leaving Hendricks County Parks and Recreation, Meghan won a $500 prize in a photo contest hosted by the National Recreation and Park Association with a selfie of her and one of her daughters at a parks event. She then donated her entire prize to be used for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation programming.

Meghan formerly served as a board member for Family Promise of Hendricks County, and she publishes an online resource for local parents called Macaroni Kid Hendricks. She and her husband have two daughters who participate in parks programs on a very regular basis.

Meghan can be reached at or through the Parks Foundation’s website at