Friends of Medina County Parks

FriendsLogo2 Since 1972, Friends of Medina County Parks, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, has been dedicated to supporting the mission of the park district. Funds raised by the Friends through membership and other activities assist the park district in many ways including sponsorship for park programs, funds for land acquisition, and financial assistance for park projects.


Benefits of Membership
• Membership is tax deductible 
• Access to members-only events 
• Acorn newsletter and quarterly schedule of events mailed directly to your home 
• Once per year, Friends members may receive a shelter reservation discount in the amount of their paid memberships not to exceed $75. Please call (330) 722-9364 to make your discounted reservation.

Join Friends of Medina County Parks
NEW! You can now join and pay for your Friends membership online by clicking the JOIN NOW green icon. Once you fill out the online form and click submit, you will be directed to PayPal where you can pay using your PayPal account or checkout as a guest and use your credit card. If you prefer to mail in your form along with a check, click HERE for a printable form.

Gift Memberships
Give the gift of nature! Help support the parks and share your love of nature with friends and family by giving a gift membership to Friends of Medina County Parks. You can purchase a gift membership online by clicking on the JOIN NOW green icon. If you prefer to mail in your form along with a check, click HERE for a printable gift membership form.

Endowment Fund 
The endowment fund was created in 2007 to further expand the role of the Friends organization in assisting the park district. The initial deposit in the endowment fund came from four generous donors who saw the importance of making gifts that would provide long-term benefits to the park district. Funds donated to the endowment fund are invested, and the earnings are available for various programs and projects each year. A donation to the Endowment Fund provides an additional opportunity to make a lasting gift to your community. All gifts to the endowment fund are fully tax-deductible.Gifts may be made to the endowment fund through cash/check donations, estate planning, or by PayPal/credit card (click the yellow donate button for this option).

Connecting Children and Nature Grant 
This fund provides grants to Medina County school teachers wishing to bring students to park district facilities for outdoor education experiences. Currently, the Friends group grants $5,000 or more per year to schools for this purpose. If you are interested in making a donation to this grant, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Help Save Chippewa Lake
The Save the Lake Coalition, a citizen-led group of volunteers, has partnered with Friends of Medina County Parks to raise funds to help study and manage harmful algal blooms on Chippewa Lake. Contributions to this fund can be made by check payable to Friends of Medina County Parks (with "Save the Lake" in the memo), or online at Click HERE to visit the Save the Lake Coalition website and learn more about the organization's work.