About The Eagle Creek Park Foundation
Who We AreThe Eagle Creek Park Foundation, Inc. provides resources over and above those included in municipal support to enhance Eagle Creek Park. Eagle Creek Park Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1978, to protect, promote, enhance and support Eagle Creek Park. The Foundation (ECPF) is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization consisting of more than 1,100 members who help to support Eagle Creek Park. A board of directors with a maximum of 21 directors who each serve three-year terms governs ECPF and there is a three-term limit. The directors elect officers each year. The foundation employs one paid staff member, an administrator, who manages the day-to-day operations of the foundation.
Why We ExistFrom its inception Eagle Creek Park has been mandated to be self-sufficient and it is the only park in the Indy Parks System to have an entrance fee. At approximately 5,200 acres of land and water, Eagle Creek Park represents almost half of the acreage under the stewardship of Indy Parks. It is the one of the largest city-owned parks in the nation and one of the largest parks devoted entirely to nature. It is truly the gem of the Indy Parks System. Most of the activities conducted by the foundation are designed to raise funds to support projects in the park. Fundraising is our most important and most vital task.
Why We Need Your HelpThe taxpayers of Marion County provide one of the lowest levels of financial support for its parks of any similar sized city in the country, and this support has been reduced dramatically in recent years. As a result, funds for projects and programs in Eagle Creek Park are scarce.
Eagle Creek Park is an island of nature surrounded by an urban landscape. Development, invasive plants, and animal overpopulations increasingly threaten the park. Preserving and protecting the parks diverse habitats as well as providing funds for trail restoration, environmental education, and enhancement of park amenities requires volunteer and financial support above and beyond the funding provided by the city. There is so much to be done to ensure Eagle Creek Park is here for our future generations. A truly unique contribution to the quality of life in Indianapolis cannot be sustained without your help.