Partnership for Parks is a non-profit initiative to raise significant private funding for exhibits in Virginia state park visitor centers. Your contributions are needed and are very welcome. If you'd like to make a donation to the campaign, please do so here.
The following support has already been received for this initiative.
Lake Anna State Park Visitor Center
The “complete makeover” of the Lake Anna Visitor Center exhibits was completed with private funding secured by Friends of Lake Anna State Park and Virginia Association for Parks. As this project was intended to be a prototype for “a new way of doing things” to benefit visitors to Virginia state parks, Imperial Multimedia (Baraboo, Wisconsin) contributed considerable time and labor to this project.
Mason Neck State Park
In summer 2013, Mason Neck was the first state park chosen of the thirteen targeted for new exhibits for several reasons: an interpretive plan already existed for this park, there was a nascent friends group forming, and there were potential sources of funding. In order to build a fund-raising campaign, a set of exhibit concepts needed to be in place. Imperial Multimedia (IM) visited Mason Neck for several stakeholder meetings and to discuss exhibits with state park staff. From those meetings, discussions and additional planning, IM developed a set of exhibit concepts and marketing materials for VAFP.
The exhibits project at Mason Neck got an early start with a grant of $50,000 from Coca Cola in fall, 2013, through its “America is your Park” promotion. This inspired the “Outdoor Challenge” exhibit, that was completed in spring 2014. (The Outdoor Challenge has since become an integral part of the overall state parks exhibits project.)
In spring 2014, an anonymous donor made a gift of $100,000 toward the new exhibits at Mason Neck. Subsequently, Dominion Foundation has provided a grant to VAFP in support of the Mason Neck exhibits.
As of September 2014, a total of $170,000 has been raised toward the $300,000 funding goal for Mason Neck State Park, and exhibit work is underway at the park. Stay tuned for updates.