Who We Are
Friends of Clare County Parks and Recreation is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization.
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11th Annual GATEWAY AFFAIR May 2nd, 2020. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES ON THIS EVENT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.
The 11th Annual Gateway Affair will be on May 2, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00 pm will be an evening of fun, a Mexican buffet, auctions, music, and the presentation, “More than Morels: Mushrooms in Michigan” presented by our county’s Forestry Officer, Nia Becker.
The Gateway Affair event supports the Clare County parks and recreation as well as the Rails-to-Trails in Clare County.
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What We Do
Friends works closely with the Clare County Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as local groups and individuals to improve parks throughout the county, increase recreational opportunities for our residents and visitors and increase awareness of Clare’s great natural resources.
We raise funds, which we distribute through recreational grants to qualified individuals, organizations and local government agencies. We also assist with sponsorship and hosting of events.
Why Support Friends of Clare County Parks and Recreation?
Clare County is an outdoor paradise, with more than 56,000 acres of state forests, 300 miles of rivers, 55 miles of ORV and 28 miles of snowmobile trails, and more than 81 lakes, many with public access that offer great boating and fishing opportunities. Our county also has four public golf courses, several dedicated biking and/or hiking trails, a ski resort, zip line course and much more.
Like so many counties, little in the way of funding is available to improve our parks or offer recreational opportunities to children or adults with limited income or with disabilities or to help community groups or local government units. Because of the support we enjoy from our donors, we are able to provide small grants to those who are working to make Clare County a better place to live and visit. We hope you will join with us.