The Friends of Salt Springs Park will maintain the unspoiled, rural character of the park created by the Wheaton family. The Friends will provide opportunities to enjoy healthy outdoor recreation and education, while conserving the natural, scenic, aesthetic and historical values of the park.
The Friends of Salt Springs Park is a nonprofit responsible for managing and operating Salt Springs State Park in Montrose. They saved the park from closing in 1994 and have paid for about 97% of operating, maintenance and improvement costs ever since.
The Friends maintain a total of 842 acres, including adjacent properties that they purchased and added to the park. The Friends preserve 15 miles of hiking trails and the park’s historic buildings. They also hold educational and recreational events like guided hikes, outdoor concerts, wildlife programs and festivals. The park is open to the public year-round.
The Friends of Salt Springs Park consists primarily of volunteers who help keep the park in pristine condition. They receive funding through grants, donations, in-kind contributions, membership fees, camping fees and program fees.