The Friends of McConnell Springs works closely with the Lexington Parks and Recreation for the benefit of the community and the park. We do not have a paid staff. Our board is comprised of volunteers from business, education, local government, and the community at large.
The Friends of McConnell Springs was organized as a non-profit in order to raise money to directly benefit and support the park. We have continued these efforts by gathering sponsors and contributors to fund the ongoing needs of the park over and above what is provided by the parks department. An example of this was to fund the cost of The Story of McConnell Springs, which is shown regularly on public television stations.
The Friends of McConnell Springs sends out a quarterly newsletter to over 4,400 households to promote activities and programs in the park. We have helped offset the cost of improvements at the center. We fund the cost of the park’s Annual Founders' Day Celebration, which is now in its 22nd year, the History to Chew On Lecture series, the Kentucky Author's series, The Irish Homecoming, Free Family Ice Cream Social, and Rita's Ride transportation grants for all Kentucky schools and certain non-profit educational organizations..
· Increased the number of visitors to McConnell Springs over last year.
· Enhanced programs to enable more participation from schools, community groups, various organizations and individuals.
· Developed programs that increased the number of volunteers and hours they spent in improving the park.
· Financially supported a grant program that aids school children to attend the park.
· Funded 24 hour security monitoring equipment to discourage mischief and vandalism in the park.
· The Friends need part time office data entry volunteers who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise about 4 hours per week. Candidates should be familiar with MSFT Access Databases.
· We need a volunteer with the expertize to promote MCS by increasing our presence in a variety of media outlets and on line.
The geographic area served is mainly Fayette and surrounding counties, but we are expanding our reach to the entire state of Kentucky.
· Increase Attendance - We measure the number of visitors this year against last year to determine the percentage of increase.
· Enhance programs - Yearly review of goals and accomplishment and determine success based on how these programs were received and the attendance of each. We monitor followup visits.
· Volunteers – Monitor park needs and develop programs in accordance with those needs.
· Measure the number of volunteer hours and if the needs were met.
· Financial Support – Work with park staff to determine their needs and cost projects. Then the board approves the expenditure or provides the funds to complete the project.
This transportation grant program started in 2013. The grants are awarded each semester. Because of a perceived need the grant was extended to all Kentucky school. This grant allow a school to bring there entire class to the park for a program at one time. By the end of the spring semester, over 500 children will have benefited from this program.
Sharing Our Uncommon Culture, Music & Heritage:
In honor of our namesake and deeply rooted Celtic heritage, consider yourself invited to an Irish/Celtic cultural conference. Free admission! Held annually in early April.
We will have drama, music, history, genealogy and dance, as well as workshops on Irish genealogy, history & culture. Our goal is to have a friendly, comfortable day enjoying our enthusiasm for the Celtic/Irish culture, meeting like-minded people, sharing cultural knowledge & experiences. If you play or sing Irish music, please bring instruments if you want to join in a traditional music session.
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