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Pendleton, SC Friends of the Park
Pendleton's Friends of the Park
New members are welcomed and appreciated..
FRIENDS OF THE PARK (FOTP)
PO Box 408
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
Friends of the Park meets every third Monday at 6:30 pm at Pendleton United Methodist Church in the social hall. Everyone who is interested in the future of our Veterans Park is invited to attend. We welcome new members and also those who just want to visit and learn what all we do for Veterans Park.
Friends of the Park is an organized group of Pendleton area citizens interested in making Veterans Park the best it can be. Friends of the Park is a 501C3 organization and works closely with the Town of Pendleton who owns the land and with Pendleton Recreation Association who provides youth sports.
In recent years, we have contributed generously to the baseball fields for fencing, etc. and proudly completed the Veterans Memorial.
PLEASE CALL 260-4444 TO REPORT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AT VETERANS PARK
"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live."— George Bernard Show
Spring Work Day 2018
2018 Friends of the Park Officers
2018 Friends of the Park Executive Board
Chair - Mark Majors
Co Chair - Mike Link
Secretary - Gina Forrest
Treasurer - Kim Beck
Our Veterans Park includes:
- Ball Fields
- Picnic Shelters
- Trotter's Trail
- Barrett's Place Playground
- Veterans Memorial
Who is "Friends of the Park?
In February, 2005 a group called Pendleton Pride In Motion decided they wanted to build a community playground. Upon completion of Barrett's Place Playground in October 2005 a need was seen for an organization to continue to work for the betterment of Veterans Park. Friends of the Park was formed the following year.
Where Is Veterans Park in Pendleton, SC?
Reserve a Picnic Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton, SC
Available for Rent
RESERVE A Picnic Shelter
3 hr. $35
Call Town Hall 646-9409
Veterans Park Pavilion
The new Pavilion houses the Concessions stands, restrooms and the PRA office. It also has a beautiful observation deck overlooking the whole park.
Barrett's Place Playground
In Memory of Barrett Beck
Pendleton Pride in Motion sponsored the building of this playground in memory of Barrett Beck, a twelve year old Pendleton resident who tragically lost his life too young, and other young people in our community whose lives we want to remember. Through volunteer efforts and donations, the Pendleton area community built a playground. This large playground includes a climbing wall, play campsite, boat shaped sandbox and lots of swings, slides and monkey bars. This children's activity place stimulates the imagination, while providing a safe and attractive area for our children to play.
Attention: All Users of Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail
We have had some vandalism and continue to have a lot of litter. We need for everyone that uses the park to assume responsibility for it and help to keep it clean and safe for our children.
Please encourage your children and/or group to help by picking up litter while they are there.
Also please report any misconduct or vandalism to town hall at 646-9022. Thank you.
Join the Playground Patrol to help keep it safe and clean for all the children.
In Memory of Justin Trotter
The "walking trail" was named Trotter's Trail in memory of Justin Trotter. Justin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 while a student at Riverside Middle School. In September 2004, after 2 years, Justin lost his battle at the young age of 15. His love for nature and the outdoors has inspired friends, family and Friends of the Park to honor his memory by building this 1400 foot long trail that will wind through the woods adjacent to Barrett's Place Playground. It has park benches, a bridge and is handicapped usable. The 6 foot wide trail has an asphalt surface for easy mobility and is wide enough for two wheelchairs.
In honor of all our Veterans
On Veterans Day November 11, 2014, the Veterans Memorial was dedicated with a very moving ceremony. This memorial was built using only materials "Made in the USA" and with funds raised by Friends of the Park.
The Veterans Memorial committee of Friends of the Park under the leadership of Joan Kelly along with the Town of Pendleton made this dream come true.
Town of Pendleton
- Town of Pendleton
Veterans Park is owned and maintained by the Town of Pendleton SC. Pendleton Recreation Association is an independent volunteer organization that provides youth sports.
Pendleton Recreation Association (PRA)
Chris Lollis - Recreation Director - Hours 3 - 5 M-F
Pendleton Recreation Association
Veteran's Park, Lebanon Road
PO Box 904
Pendleton, SC 29670
Telephone: 864 646-9226
FAX: 864 646-9226
The Pendleton Recreation Association (PRA) is a privately run-non-profit 501-C3 association of area residents set up to provide recreation programs for the youth of the Pendleton Community. The association is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, and employs a part-time recreation director to coordinate programs and activities. The PRA contracts with and receives limited funding from the Town of Pendleton. They also receive limited funding from Anderson County.
Youth Programs include:
- Baseball (including T-Ball and Coach Pitch)
Call 864 646-9226 to sign up for programs.
Friends of the Park and PRA Donate Nearly $34,000 for Ballfields
Friends of the Park presents Check to Town of Pendleton for Ball Fields
FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops. Even more importantly, FOTP delivered a check of nearly $34,000 to the Town collected through Step Up To The Plate fundraising efforts over the past years. Along with FOTP, the PRA and the Town will be providing funding for these upgrades to the ball fields. We are all grateful to the volunteers and donors that have made this day possible. A lot of hard work has gone into making the park better.
Above Photo: pictured left to right of Steve Miller - Town Administrator, Mark Majors - Chair FOTP, Mayor Frank Crenshaw, Kim Beck - Treasurer FOTP, and Cass Brown - Chair PRA
Spring Work Day 2015Click thumbnail to view full-size
Congratulations to our 2014 Volunteers of the Year
Great Lunch for our VolunteersClick thumbnail to view full-size
Spring Work Day 2013Click thumbnail to view full-size
2012 Volunteers of the Year - Mark Majors and Curt Carter
Fall Work Day at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail
Missy Nail Recognized as the First Chairman for FOTP
2013 Friends of the Park Officers
Pendleton Elks Lodge Donates $1,000 for new benches for Trotters Trail.
Trotter's Trail received two new benches which will be installed at the May 19th work day.
At its regular meeting, April 26, the Pendleton Elks Lodge presented $1,000 checks in support of each of two community organizations, the Supper's On Us Pendleton (SOUP Kitchen) and The Friends of The Veterans Park.
During the presentation Carrie Gibson, Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, praised both organizations for their important contributions to the welfare and health of Pendleton citizens.
One of the objectives of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is to assist deserving local charitable organizations such as the two honored last month in Pendleton.
Kern Cox at the Spring Work Day for Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail
Barrett's Place Playground Birthday/Maintenance Day Oct 20, 2012
Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend March 16-18 , 2012
Spring Workday 2012 - A ReBuild
Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend was a huge success and the playground was re-opened for visitors on Monday. We will have to schedule another Work Day soon so please call Nancy if you would like to help.
Many people donated food or money so we could feed to workers and that was greatly appreciated. There were also volunteers who worked hard the weeks before in preparation for the Work Weekend.
Thank you to all who came to stain/seal the wood, dig mulch away, and gather supplies.
Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC
Debra Goss Chooses Friends of the Park
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Alumni Softball
"Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge"
Barrett's Place 6th Birthday/Maintenance Day - Oct 15
Maintenance Day at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail
Thank you, Caroline Jamieson!
Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC at Veterans Park
Friends of the Park helps the PRA with the Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge
BINGO at Fall Harvest Festival
Maintenance Day Oct 30, 2010 at Barrett's Place PlaygroundClick thumbnail to view full-size
Thank you to all the Volunteers who made our Nov 14 Workday a Big Success
Barrett's Place Playground 4th Birthday/Maintenance Day & Trotter's Trail Dedication
Mayor Randy Hayes at the Nov 14 Work Day
Pendleton High School Environmental Awareness Club - Volunteers at Barrett's Place
Camp Proverbs Volunteers at Barrett's Place Playground
Thank you, Dr. John Martin - Donation to Veterans Park
Wanda Batten and Mary Jo Craig - 2009 Volunteers of the Year
Spring Cleaning at Barrett's Place Playground
Duke Energy Donates $1,000 to Barrett's Place Playground
Duke Energy Donates to Playground
Jason Walls of Duke Energy met with representatives from Pendleton Pride In Motion and Friends of the Park on December 30, 2008 at Barrett’s Place Playground. He proudly presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to the playground from Duke Energy. Children, Parents and Grandparents who were playing in the Playground joined in the celebration. Mr. Wall’s handed out red Duke Energy Volunteer T-shirts to the children and made a big hit to all those present. Duke Energy is no stranger to Barrett’s Place Playground, a playground built by more than 1600 community volunteers in 2005. Duke Energy believes in giving back to the community and they were very involved in the beginning with making this dream come true. In the past three years, volunteers and generous donors have continued to work to make Veterans Park the best it can be. The Playground Area now has three Picnic Shelters which are rented for Birthday Parties and other gatherings. The proceeds from the rental allows the Town Of Pendleton to maintain the playground on a daily basis. The organized group of volunteers, Pendleton Pride In Motion’s Friends of The Park, gather together twice a year to do the bigger maintenance jobs and keep the playground safe and long lasting for generations to come. The money that was so generously donated by Duke Energy will be used to help make the Playground even better. They also plan to provide volunteers for the Spring Maintenance Day. PPIM, Friends of the Park, and the Town of Pendleton are most appreciative of all their help.Veterans Park has continued to improve over the past years with the recent completion of the Pavilion which houses a concession area, office for Pendleton Recreation Association, and rest rooms. Trotter’s Trail has also been a welcomed addition and plans are in the making to complete the entrance to the trail in 2009. The main fundraiser for Friends of the Park is the Freedom Fest which is held at Veterans Park on the Saturday before July 4. Their next meeting is planned for January 19, 2009 at Pendleton United Methodist Church at 6 pm and all interested citizens are urged to attend and get involved in making Veterans Park the best it can be.
2008 Bi-Lo Charities Grant Recipient
Yard Sale Raises $1,217 for Veterans Park
Fran Butler's family worked very hard this past weekend holding a Yard Sale at Fran's home. They wanted the money to go to Friends of the Park for Veterans Park because they knew that is what their dad would have wanted. Friends of the Park is very grateful to Fran's family for this generous contribution and this money will be used wisely in his memory.Thank you!
In Memory Of Fran Butler
Passed Away October 25, 2008
I had often seen Caroline Jamieson and Fran Butler walking around town. They always looked so happy that I would usually take a second look. It wasn't until we started the build for Barrett's Place that I actually got to know him. He was one of a group of men who showed up weeks ahead of the build week to get everything ready. There was a lot of pre-work that had to be done and Fran was there. He continued to volunteer with the group of "granddads" who got together periodically to do maintenance at the Playground and at Trotter's Trail. Fran didn't miss many Friends of the Park Meetings and was always willing to help where needed. He helped with fundraising by selling merchandise at many events.Fran was known for being our "Uncle Sam" at the 2008 Freedom Fest and did a super job for Friends of the Park.Fran Butler made a difference in Pendleton and I am proud to have known him. He will be missed!
The Memorial Service held by Clemson Little Theatre was a beautiful tribute to a Great Man!
Fran's sons and their families are having a yard sale Friday and Saturday and want to donate the money to Veterans Park. This is such a wonderful thought on their part and greatly appreciated. Please come to 603 Bailey Ave Fri and Sat beginning at 8 a.m.
A Fundraising Event for Veterans Park
Freedom Fest '08 was a big success thanks to all our many sponsors and volunteers. We estimate that about 2,000 people were there to "salute our heroes", eat great hot dogs and hamburgers, watermelon, snow cones and homemade baked goods. They also enjoyed Bingo, Horseshoes, Childrens Inflatables, Face Painting, Fun Merchandise and more. They received a free balloon and a button when they walked Trotter's Trail and they won great prizes at The Great American Turtle Hunt held at Barrett's Place Playground! It was a time to be proud to be an American and especially proud to be a Pendletonian!