Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

Friends of Governor Dodge State Park

A Great Resource for a Great Park

aka Friends of Governor Dodge State Park - Equestrians, Governor Dodge Equestrians

Dodgeville, WI

Mission

To support recreation, education and environmental stewardship.

Ruling Year

1998

President

Charles Forrest

Main Address

4175 State Highway 23

Dodgeville, WI 53533 USA

Keywords

Recreation, education, environmental stewardship

EIN

39-1858402

 Number

6090769106

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Wisconsin state parks have been a source of pride and enjoyment for decades. The challenge today is to maintain our parks and keep them relevant in an ever-changing society. In 2015 state support for park operating budgets was eliminated, mandating self-sufficiency. Millions of dollars were eliminated from the system’s budget. Other sources of funding are crucial. Governor Dodge State Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in the state. The Friends of Governor Dodge is a great asset to the park, routinely responding to park needs. They recognize that the current 11-site equestrian campground is inadequate and no longer meets the needs of park users who come to ride the 25 miles of horse trails at Governor Dodge State Park. They recognize the potential of a new campground and what it would contribute to the park and the community. Since state funding will not cover the estimated $650,000 construction cost of the new campground, alternate funding sources must be found.

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It is the goal of the Friends of Governor Dodge to support recreation, education and environmental stewardship. The group will continue with their current initiatives but will also look to the future. Having completed a feasibility study, the goal now is to build the 21-site equestrian campground that was identified in the park’s 1984 master plan. A scenic and spacious site for a new equestrian campground has been identified at the north end of the park. Plans have been approved, and water and electric are already in place. A new Trails End Campground will nearly double the capacity of the current campground and will welcome hundreds more users to access the park each season. With more trails at Governor Dodge than can be covered in a single day, riders will extend their visit when they have adequate overnight facilities. The new campground will provide a true camping experience, one that will encourage equestrians to camp with their friends and family, children and horses, building memories around outdoor recreation and fostering stewardship for our parks that will continue for generations.

The Friends will seek funding for the campground project from a variety of sources including fundraising events, grants, and donations. This will begin with raising awareness for the project, educating the public, and developing relationships. We will share our story with individuals, organizations, foundations and businesses. We will continue as a member of the Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce and the WI Horse Council and will increase activity within those organizations. We will recruit volunteers and new members at our events and through the media. We will build partnerships with businesses and corporations. We will continue to host fundraising events such as our popular Poker Ride and Silent Auction. We will sell raffle tickets, T shirts, trail passes. We will promote our cause with a booth at the Midwest Horse Fair, one of the Midwest’s premier horse events. We will meet with local legislators. We will apply for grants (WI Horse Council, DNR Stewardship, Federal Recreational Trails Program and others) and seek creative ways to fund the project. We will complete the first phase of our project, building a vault toilet that will serve the parking area now and the equestrian campground in the future.

Governor Dodge State Park is loved and used by many, with over 500,000 visitors each year. The Friends of Governor Dodge State Park is a small but very dedicated group that has been working together to benefit the park for over 20 years. The Friends have kept their initiatives in the spotlight. The Friends have a healthy bank account and endowment fund, and the equestrian committee has raised nearly $100,000 for the campground fund over the past year. The Friends have applied for and have been awarded several grants already. The Friends have a history of accomplishing its goals.

• In 2019 membership in the Friends of Governor Dodge will increase by at least 10 new members. • The equestrian campground project will continue to be recognized in the media and at events each month. • Our presence in social media will increase by 50%. • We will continue our membership with the Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce, hosting a “5:01 Event” in May 2019, and we will develop at least 3 solid business partnerships. • We will continue our membership the WI Horse Council and will raise awareness and funds with our presence at the 2019 Midwest Horse Fair. • We will be awarded at least 2 significant grants. We will apply for at least two additional grants. • We will have met with at least 2 local state legislators, the Iowa County Executive, and the Dodgeville Economic Development Specialist. • We will have hosted at least two fundraisers, increasing net profits by 10% over last year. • We will have raised at least an additional $100,000 by the end of 2019. • We will have completed the first phase of the project by October 2019, the vault toilet which will serve the parking area and future equestrian campground.

Membership in the Friends of Governor Dodge has doubled over the last 3 years. News articles about the equestrian campground project have appeared in the Dodgeville Chronicle, the State Farm Journal, Country Today, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks newsletter, WI Horsemen News, and the WI Horse Council newsletter. Our project has been spotlighted on two Madison TV channels and one state-wide radio station. We have created an informative, user-friendly website and have established a strong presence in social media We have hosted 8 fundraisers in the last 3 years, as well as several educational events. We have applied for two DNR Stewardship grants in the last 5 years.

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

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