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FOSP Board members(left to right) Katie Whitten, John Steines, Emily Halapatz, Kirsten Almo and Kyle Richmond, at the 2015 Silverwood Harvest Fest.
FOSP Advisors Mara Henningsen, Phyllis Hasbrouck, and Gary Funk met with Silverwood volunteers and County staff in spring 2015 to discuss future park programming.
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Friends of Silverwood Park, Inc.(FOSP) is a non-profit entity registered with the State of Wisconsin, which has as its mission support for the development and maintenance of Silverwood Park. FOSP was formed in 2013 as a result of 18 months work by the Silverwood Park Subcommittee of the Dane County Food Council. In September 2015, FOSP was granted nonprofit - 501(c)(3) organization - status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
The subcommittee wrote the mission and goals for Silverwood Park, in consultation with with the public, area residents, the Dane County Park Commission, and the Food Council. It also participated in selecting the initial non-profit groups which made proposals to Dane County for programming at the park.
FOSP is now promoting and participating in the master planning process for Silverwood Park, with the intent to help guide development of the park's facilities and educational programs.
Board of Directors
The initial FOSP Board of Directors was elected in November 2013. The Board meets monthly and its meetings are open the public. FOSP also conducts regular membership meetings.
Edgerton Public Library Director, former teacher, and park neighbor
member, Dane County Board (District 4), and Park Commission and Food Council
former president, Friends of Starkweather Creek, Witness Tree Project organizer, and artist
park neighbor, farmer and Edgerton School District teacher
Kyle Richmond, president
Katie Vance-Whitten, vice president
John Steines, secretary
Kirsten Almo, treasurer
Board of Advisors
The Friends of Silverwood Park also has a Board of Advisors, asked to provide the Board of Directors with counsel concerning organizational development, park master planning and implementation, and resource development.
Realtor, and Vice President, Edgerton Chamber of Commerce
Publisher, Edgerton Reporter
Former Executive Director, Madison Audubon Society
Horticulture Instructor / Oakhill Correctional Institution. Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Land use activist and founder, Fitchburg Fields and West Waubesa Preservation Coalition
Project Director, South Central Region, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
Soil Scientist, Sandpiper Soil & Water
Treasurer, Friends of Capital Springs State Park
Farm Incubator Manager, Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability
Director, Henry Vilas Zoo, Dane County
Assistant Professor & Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems Specialist, UW-Madison
Landscape architect, and former Project Director, Center for Resilient Cities
Farmer and Co-Owner, Snug Haven Farm, and member of the Dane County Food Council
Sustainable Stoughton organizer and former UW Extension employee
The initial Board of Advisors meeting was in October 2014
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Silverwood Park | 771 Silver Lane | P.O. Box 304 | Edgerton, WI 53534