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Jefferson County parks seek donations from public

December 18, 2018 GMT

JEFFERSON -- With shrinking budgets becoming more and more common, local units of government are having to come up with new and creative ways to bridge the gap between what they have and what they need to meet the needs of growing communities.

In August of 2011, the Jefferson County Parks Department established a parks fund through the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to help bridge that gap. The fund was developed to help offset the cost of future park development and maintenance through tax-deductible donations.

The importance of parks and open space to the vitality and health of Jefferson County communities is highlighted by the challenge donation made by a local business, Standard Process.

Standard Process, a local whole foods and dietary supplement manufacturer, made a challenge to the community to match private donations up to $5,000, dollar for dollar. The challenge was met almost immediately through an anonymous donation, raising the fund to the 2011 goal of $10,000 overnight.

The Jefferson County Parks Department is again soliciting donations from anyone interested in perpetuating the county parks and open spaces that make the county unique.

“In 2018, our goal is to increase the Jefferson County Parks fund by $10,000. All donations are tax deductible and would be put towards future park development and maintenance projects. The Jefferson County Parks Fund is managed through the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin which is a 501C-3 non-profit organization based in Madison that works to promote the protection and enjoyment of Wisconsin’s public lands, waters and wildlife,” Jefferson County Parks Program Assistant Mary Nimm said.

Anyone interested in making a donation should contact the Jefferson County Parks Department at 920-674-7260 or e-mail at jeffcoparks@jeffersoncountywi.gov.