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How We Started

A series of public meetings was held between 2004 and 2006, facilitated by the National Park Service, and organized by the City of Stamford. The purpose of these meetings was to address a significant deterioration of the Mianus River Park due to increasing usage.

With public input, one of the results of these meetings was the creation of a Mianus River Park Action Plan. This Plan and its associated Appendices can be read on the “Friends Reports” page,

Another outcome of these meetings was the formation of Friends of Mianus River Park. Eight park users who had attended the public meetings, held an initial meeting in February 2006, and then in the Spring of 2010, a group of about a dozen active volunteers and park users formed a Board of Directors (BOD). This group represents most of the user groups in the park, including dog-walkers, mountain bikers, fishermen, and hikers.

In October 2010 the Friends was incorporated as a not for profit corporation and in February 2011 it received an exemption under 501c3 which enables donors to make tax deductible contributions.

Although the Friends group has existed for only a few years it has already raised and spent over $20,000 on improvements to the park, and organized over 2,000 hours of volunteer work. Read more at “What We've Done” and “Park Improvements” and in the Friends annual reports.

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