Friends of the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and Donald J. Trump State Parks support the maintenance, operations, enhancement, and improvement of the parks, promote educational programs that encourage the protection and conservation of natural resources, and provide recreational activities for park visitors.
Friends of FDR meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month in the FDR Park Office from 7:30-9:00 pm. Please come!
A Friends Group History
2011 - At the suggestion of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, a group of local residents who used and valued FDR Park met to form a nonprofit, Friends of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Donald J. Trump State Parks. Their goal was to aid in the preservation and protection of these two state parks.
2012 – The Friends proudly contributed 1369 hours of volunteer labor, exclusive of monthly meetings and board related activities, such as developing bylaws or filing for 501(c)(3) to establish our non-profit status.
- January 27 - Snowshoe in the Park, the Friends first event: REI in Yonkers supplied snow shoes for people to try. Even though the only snow was just a pile in the parking lot, the event was a success with more members joining the group.
- May 5 - Spring Cleaning, a part of I Love My Parks Day. About 200 volunteers helped assemble picnic tables, planted flowers, and cleaned winter debris from picnic areas. Among those pitching in at the FDR event was Andrew Cuomo, the Governor on New York State.
- May 12 - Talk and Walk about , as part of Heritage Weekend, the Friends sponsored a talk and walk about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which is part of the heritage of the property, now known as FDR Park.
- November 17 - Hurricane Sandy Clean up Day. When Hurricane Sandy struck FDR Park on October 29, she left over 100 downed trees and debris in her wake. To mitigate her effect on the park, the Friends ran a clean up where over 60 people pitched in to move branches to the road and rake debris into piles for collection. Their efforts made a big difference in getting the park back on track.
Research on the history of the FDR Park has begun and is an ongoing work-in-progress.