The Friends of South Shore Park is a volunteer, non-profit organization established to promote the preservation, enhancement and enjoyment of South Shore Park. We work to share our mission by various means, including educational, recreational and community events at the park.
Our organization was originally established in 1996 as the South Shore Park Watch. We organize and advocate for and activities that:
- Bring our community together to enjoy South Shore Park.
- Work to protect the park and lakeshore.
- Raise awareness towards issues related to the park.
We are proud to recognize many accomplishments, programs and activities including advocating reconstruction of the breakwater and Oak Leaf trail, hosting National Night Out events, rain garden and native plant restoration work, and regular support for the farmers market and annual plant sale at the park. We host an annual Earth Day Education event. This event features a series of environmental education sessions and is regularly attended by several hundred students from our community each year.
We are currently advocating for the improvements included in the current South Shore Park master planning effort. Our main focus is to see significant improvement in water quality at the beach. A key component to improved water quality was the South Shore parking lot reconstruction, completed in 2017.
We continue with regular beach monitoring and cleanups under the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach program.