FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. – Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park (FROGRS) was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Florida State Parks Foundation. It is one of 10 Florida State Parks Citizen Support Organizations (CSOs or “Friends” groups) selected to receive the small grant award for 2024. The grant, matched with FROGRS’ funds, will be used to purchase a safe and reliable pickup truck to help park volunteers efficiently perform tasks across the park’s 144 acres.

“We are extremely grateful for this funding opportunity, “said Greg Wilson, FROGRS Board President. “As a beachfront park, our vehicles deteriorate quickly. With this award, FROGRS is pleased to be able to provide a vehicle to help the park continue its mission of protecting and interpreting our beautiful natural environment here in Florida.”

The Florida State Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help sustain the Florida Park Service, its 175 parks, local Friends groups and more than 20,000 park volunteers. The grants are used to enhance visitor experiences, accessibility features and park improvement efforts. FROGRS received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation in 2023 that went towards the purchase of a golf cart used for park maintenance.

The mission of the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park is to support Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area and North Peninsula State Park through fundraising, community involvement, educational outreach, and enhancements of park resources. During 2023, 156 FROGRS members supported park projects including Sea Turtle Patrol, Shuck and Share, Pepper Pickers, Butterfly Garden and general maintenance. New members are welcome! For more information on FROGRS, visit Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park Flagler Beach (frogrs.com) or direct inquiries to membership@friendsofgamblerogersstatepark.com.

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