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March 25, 2014

Eagle Creek Park Foundation needs boost in membership

When it comes to hiking, sailing, fishing, bird watching, zip lining and even lifting weights on a fitness trail, Eagle Creek Park is one of Indianapolis’ top destinations to embrace nature.

With a range of sites, activities and programs, the park’s non-profit, the Eagle Creek Park Foundation, is looking for outdoor enthusiasts to join its membership to help preserve, protect and enhance one of the nation’s largest city-owned parks.

“In recent years, we’ve seen a significant decline in membership and revenue due to the economic downturn,” says Michael Davis, Eagle Creek Park Foundation president. “Most people don’t understand that the park receives very limited funding from the city, and that’s why we rely on our members as the primary force to help shape the future of the park.”

A minimum donation of $85 for both Marion and non-Marion county residents includes annual membership to the foundation and one gate pass, which waives the $5 daily entrance fee to Eagle Creek Park, and provides unlimited visits to the park for a calendar year.

Foundation gate pass holders can enter the park via motorized vehicles, hiking or biking, and can bring up to five guests.

“Frequent park users save a lot of money with foundation gate passes, even if they come to the park as little as two times a month throughout the year,” Davis said. “It’s also great for schools or clubs who want to utilize the park for exercises outside.”

Twenty dollars from every foundation gate pass also benefits environmental initiatives solely within Eagle Creek Park. Whereas, proceeds from gate passes purchased outside of the foundation support a general city park fund.

For every additional $50 donation, members can purchase an extra gate pass online at www.EagleCreekPark.org, or at the park office, 7840 W. 56th St.

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