The Warren County Parks Foundation engages the public to support the protection, improvement, and enjoyment of over 2,000 acres of parks, trails, and open spaces held by the County of Warren.
We are the only charitable nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to directly support the protection, enhancement, use and enjoyment of Warren County’s park system. We do this through a combination of volunteerism, fundraising, conservation, and education. We raise funds for, and support volunteers with, various conservation, maintenance, and improvement projects throughout the county. We also connect residents and visitors with the county’s natural and historic resources through various outreach, engagement, and education programs. By fostering partnerships with governments, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals, we further our mission by strengthening community support for sustaining the county’s parks for future generations.
Formed in 2015, the Warren County Parks Foundation is the only charitable nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to directly support the protection, enhancement, accessibility, use, and enjoyment the County’s parks through volunteerism, fundraising, conservation, education, partnerships, and an enduring commitment to the future of Warren County’s parks.
Overseen by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Board of Recreation Commissioners is responsible for managing the County’s parks. Volunteers from the Parks Foundation assist with maintaining trails and other special projects at the request of the County.
The Foundation aims to connect residents, visitors, and stakeholders with the County’s natural and historic resources through outreach, education, and engagement. Outreach includes building public awareness of the county parks, their natural and historic significance, their environmental, health, and economic benefits, as well as the various opportunities they provide for outdoor recreation, historic interpretation, education, leisure, and entertainment.
In addition, outreach includes informing Foundation members, volunteers, and the general public about past, current, and future projects via multimedia platforms such as print, radio, email, and social networks.
The Warren County Parks Foundation was established in 2015 by a group of dedicated volunteers and civic leaders. While they foresaw how our community would benefit from developing a first-class county park system, they recognized this could only be realized with the assistance of a grass-roots community organization. As message of its mission spread, individuals throughout the county enthusiastically threw their support behind the Foundation and the organization quickly grew. And in 2016, the Board of Trustees designated the organization a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Since its inception, the Warren County Parks Foundation has invested thousands of dollars and volunteer hours towards enriching the park experience for all visitors.