Completed Projects

  1. Gained Incorporation Status with State of Illinois

  2. Gained 501c3 Not For Profit status

  3. Gained Sales Tax Exception

  4. Assisted two other Friends Groups gain 501c3 status

  5. Established water line to Captain Barn area and Denmark all purpose building area---$15,000 cost

  6. Assisted with four Earth day youth projects in the Park and have now become sponsor of the program

  7. Establishment of four butterfly habitats

  8. Assisted the Brittany Field Trialers in the additions to the Captain Field Trial Area

  9. Captain Trial barn area. This was a $50,000 expansion consisting of toilet facilities, headquarters building, and parking area improvements. This was financed with a bequest from the Jim and Janet Chase Estate

  10. Created website

  11. Installed water hydrant to north campground in old Pyramid to provide water to north campground. Made possible by donation from board member Glen Seeber

  12. Established electrical service to Captain field trial building and area of new Denmark building

  13. Created online map of entire park with GPS directional and descriptions of all attractions including all lakes, hunting stakes, campgrounds and more

  14. Worked in cooperation with IDNR to plan and build a 40'x60' all purpose building complete with bathroom, shower, kitchen and seating capacity for 80 people at a cost of $110,000. The facility is available for public use with reservations taken at the main park office

  15. Supported INDR improvements to all 28 miles of park roads. The $1.2 million project was financed through hunting and fishing license fees

  16. Financed placement of 20 water hookups and electrical pods in Denmark Parking Area ($15,000 cast)

  17. Assisted with planning and production of Civil War re-enactment. 1400 school age children attended. Current plans are to return next year

  18. Participated in Pyramid State Recreation Area Strategic Planning Project initiated by Se. Paul Schimph and directed by SIU

  19. Procured a $27,00 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for the eradication of the invasive species of Autumn Olive. Enlisted the involvement of 4 other INDR divisions to participate making the total figure $103,000.00. 500 acres will be treated

  20. Supported Rhonda Schubert’s 4H group with a 50 Tree Identification Trail Project. Trees were identified and then marked with a bar coded plaque for phone app to identify and give information concerning the tree.

  21. Secured a $64,000 Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for further eradication efforts within the Park An additional $64,000 is pledged for this effort which is to be completed in 2020.

  22. Hosted Perry SIU Alumni Asso. Meeting at new Denmark Building

Current Projects

  1. Plan and complete a multimedia presence for the Park. Comprised of e-mail, Facebook, YouTube and brochure. Purpose is to gain more exposure of the Park assets and opportunities to the community

  2. Provide 8’x8’ mobile shelters (2) for use during events in the Park ---est. $500 each

  3. Established electrical hook-ups in Pyramid area campgrounds

  4. Continues to promote public use and improvements of Pyramid State Park