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. 

Please join us and become part of the equation.

Board of Directors

  • Mirta Gonzalez – Treasurer
  • Tami Halmrast
  • Dennis Maneri – Chairperson
  • Lisa Nolin
  • Vicky Reedy 
  • Loman Scott* – Town Liaison 
  • JK Somers
  • Rebecca Squires – Secretary
  • Steve Watkins

 * Non voting members