Founded:
2000
Contact Title:
President
Contact Name:
Cullan Duke
Address:
PO Box 184
Quincy, IL 62306
Phone Number:
(217) 228-4514
Fax Number:
(217) 221-2288
Email:
friendsofthetrails@gmail.com
Website:
www.friendsofthetrails.org
Opportunities:

Complete the Quincy Greenways and Trails Plan and assist in the development of the Adams County Trails Plan in an attempt to meet the following goals and objectives: Provide free, health related recreational opportunities for which families can participate together.  Allow safer access to our existing parks. Provide linkage throughout the community for all socioeconomic populations. Increase educational opportunities for children and adults to learn bike safety. Increase educational opportunities for motorists through public awareness and media coverage.  Enhance the economic benefits for the community (tourism and recruitment of new businesses to Quincy).


Communities:
Quincy, IL
Categories:
Community Outreach

Friends of the Trails

Mission:

Friends of the Trails' mission is to collaborate, promote, and educate the community on the multi-use trail system and greenways while providing organizational and fundraising capacities to supplement and lessen the burden of the City of Quincy, Quincy Park District, and Adams County

History:

The history of Quincy’s Greenways & Trails Plan dates back to the 1940’s when a plan was designed that would connect Quincy’s parks and green spaces in such a way that they would circle the city.  The plan was never developed.  However, in 1999, the Quincy City Council adopted the Quincy Greenways and Trails Plan, further enhancing the plan from the 1940’s version.  The plan identified twelve main corridors within the City of Quincy and surrounding area.  The plan was prepared with input and support from the City of Quincy, Quincy Park District, Quincy Parks Foundation, John Wood Community College, Quincy University and the Quincy Bicycle Club.  In October 2000, a Board of Directors was formed and Friends of the Trails was founded.  Since its inception the Friends of the Trails has played an integral role in all aspects of development of the trail system.

Highlights:

Programs & Services: In our attempt to act as a catalyst in the development and completion of the Quincy Greenways and Trail Plan, the Friends of the Trails provide the following services:

  • Collaborate with City/Park District/County officials to identify the needs and activties for which this organization can support.
  • Collaborate with community groups and residents to gather input and encourage participation. 
  • Promoting the trails through publicity and fundraising. 
  • Educate all stakeholders (City/Park District/County officials, community & philanthropic groups, and residents throughout the county) regarding use, safety and benefits of trails and greenways.  Finances: Friends of the Trails is a public 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  It meets the requirement to have public status because one third of the organization’s funding is derived from public funding. Governance & Staffing: Friends of the Trails is governed by a 16 member board and among the leadership are three committees: Growth & Progress, Publicity & Fundraising, and Grant Writing & Administration.  The organization has one staff member that provides administrative and fundraising support, in addition to coordinating volunteer activity and involvement.  The board, staff, and volunteers provide all work done by the organization.