Watoga State Park Foundation
The Watoga State Park Foundation was formed in 2015. It is a nonprofit (501c3) resource for the park and public. Most of all the Foundation promotes recreation, conservation, ecology, history and natural resources of the park.
In its first two years, Watoga State Park Foundation volunteers have worked hundreds of hours. Especially relevant is work with park personnel to maintain and restore Watoga’s beautiful and historic trail system. In addition, ongoing projects will provide even better recreation for the park’s guests. Furthermore, the Foundation’s mission includes attracting more visitors to Watoga. Therefore new projects include updating signs, hosting races for trail runners, raising funds for swimming pool improvements and a planned putt putt golf course, as well as seeking a federal grant for a mountain bike trail. The Watoga State Park Foundation also works in closely with community organizations on educational, artistic, and recreational events in the park.
Work on Watoga State Park began in 1934, during the Great Depression. Young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps earned a dollar a day. They built roads, cabins and other buildings. They also built trails, stone walls and the swimming pool. The park opened in 1937
President: John Goodwin
Vice-President: Kenneth Springer
Treasurer: Mac Gray
Secretary: Maureen Conley
Nancy McComb Smithson
Watoga State Park Superintendent, Jody Spencer, ex officio
Watoga State Park Assistant Superintendent, Josh Feather, honorary member, ex officio
Park Naturalist, Chris Bartley, honorary member, ex officio