Who Are We?

The Oak Island Parks system provides valuable, high-impact services which improve the lives of the people who live and visit here. However, like many agencies, it operates under tight fiscal constraints, forcing it to make difficult decisions on how to optimally serve everyone.

That’s where the Friends of Parks Foundation comes in. We are here to provide financial support for specific, tangible additions to improve and enhance our parks by requesting donations, applying for grants, promoting fund-raising events and organizing volunteers.

As you will see throughout our site, we have specific projects in mind so you can pick and choose how you’d like to help. From donations for beach wheelchairs; to memorial benches and trees; to shade structures for playgrounds and drinking fountains for people (and dogs!), we’re just starting to help make our parks and lives even better. 

Better Parks = Better Lives

Join us and be part of the equation.

Where We've Been

Mary Ann Brewer was one of the early proponents of the Foundation and would have been on the Board had she not passed. Through her estate she helped get the Foundation off the ground with a generous donation.

Where We're Going

Where else are we going?  The answer to that is, in part, up to you and everyone who donates to the Friends of Parks Foundation.  As we grow, we’ll develop a “Wish List” based on public input and your suggestions to help us help make our parks and lives even better.

Board of Directors

  • Kathryn Adams
  • Mirta Gonzalez – Treasurer
  • Jacci Hohnstein – Volunteers Coordinator
  • Lisa Nolin
  • Heather O’Brien – Rec Dept Director*
  • Loman Scott
  • JK Somers
  • Rebecca Squires  – Co-Chair
  • Steve Watkins – Co-Chair

 * Non voting members