About Watoga Foundation

Watoga State Park Foundation Inc.

The Watoga State Park Foundation Inc. was formed in 2015.   It is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) 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 Park cabin constructed by CCC and promoted by Watoga State Park Foundationguests.  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.

CCC CampWork 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

FOUNDATION MEMBERS

President: John Goodwin
Vice-President: Kenneth Springer
Treasurer: Mac Gray
Secretary: Maureen Conley
Mary Dawson
David Elliott
Louanne Fatora
Frank Hammons
Cully McCurdy
Nancy McComb Smithson
Frank Gifford
Wayne Pollard
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

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