Friends of Minnetonka Parks

Hopkins, MN   |
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Friends of Minnetonka Parks

EIN: 87-0973087


Our mission is to work with the City of Minnetonka to ensure that all park visitors can experience high quality, biodiverse places that provide a multitude of positive nature-based interactions, thereby improving the quality of life and the sustainability and ecological resiliency of our parks, park system and community. ​

Ruling year info



John Mirocha

Main address

5524 Dominick Dr

Hopkins, MN 55343 USA

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Subject area info

Natural resources

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envision a park system that honors and builds on our city’s heritage of preserving, restoring and managing our distinctive high-value natural spaces that enhance Minnetonka’s quality of life and distinguish it from other cities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Park Restoration

The Friends of Minnetonka Parks (FoMP) is a 100% volunteer (no paid employees) 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of residents of Minnetonka, which has a goal of collaborating with the city on park natural space restoration. We are individuals and volunteers who live, work, study or recreate in the City of Minnetonka, who value our city's unique natural amenities, and who care about restoring them. We work on projects that will restore the ecological integrity and resiliency of park natural resources and conserve them from further environmental degradation.

FoMP strives to be a catalyst of positive change in the community, playing an integral role in reversing the trends of environmental degradation in our park system. We are creating a verdant and vibrant community in which ecological stewardship, and community connectedness and partnerships thrive.

Population(s) Served

FoMP creates educational opportunities for volunteers and the wider public such as developing an invasive plant information link on the FoMP website, developing a tree aging app, hosting a table a the Minnetonka Farmer's Market, leading park walking tours, and implementing monthly joint park stewardship meetings with city staff.

Our goals are to continue to educate the city, public and elected officials on restoration efforts. We plan to develop educational materials to denote the importance of such restoration efforts with ideas such as habitat handouts on target plant communities, citizen science, and/or family nature education events. We will educate the broader community about the need and importance of ecological restoration and enlist their help in planning and implementing restoration actions.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

37 Acres Under Restoration 1,583 Vol Restor. Hours 70 Hours Surveying Birds 36 Hours Surveying Plant Plots 150 Pounds of Seeds Broadcast 159 Restor. Volunteers 247 Restoration Events 12 Park Leaders

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Investing in the restoration of our parks and preserving the park system’s ecologically-significant areas because natural landscapes in a suburban context require ongoing management to maintain their ecological quality,

​Transforming degraded landscapes to high-quality, biodiverse ecological plant communities,

Conducting nature-based research to inform our positions and recommendations,

Educating park visitors that the investment in and restoration of our natural resources provides the community with a distinctive amenity,

Growing the size and involvement of friends groups to assist with research, education, restoration and preservation activities,​

Helping to streamline communication with the city to coordinate and manage volunteer restoration activities, and celebrating the outcomes.

Habitat Restoration

Volunteer Framework/Recruitment

Collaborative Park Stewardship Meetings

Education and Outreach

2022 Statistics:

117 restoration events
1792 volunteer restoration hours
93 pounds of seed broadcast
82 hours surveying birds
28 acres under restoration
10 park leaders
140 volunteers recruited
58 hours surveying plant plots


Friends of Minnetonka Parks

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Friends of Minnetonka Parks

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $4,576
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $1,113
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $5,689
Program Services $800
Administration $336
Fundraising $38
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $1,174

Friends of Minnetonka Parks

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $6,063
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $6,063


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


John Mirocha

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Friends of Minnetonka Parks

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
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Board chair

John Mirocha

Diana Houston

Linda Russell

Tom Stockert

Heather Holm