Partners in the Park for 2018 group photo

El Paso County Park Advisory Board recognized the 2018 Partners in the Park for their annual contributions to local parks.

The Partners in the Park Program was created in 2009 to provide financial support for a respective park, trail or nature center. This program has brought in $180,000. All donations are used exclusively for El Paso County Parks; to preserve open space, sustain park amenities and to ensure ongoing sustainability for a specific park. All donations are tax deductible.

2018 Partners in the Park:

  • FedEx (Kim Eyre) for Black Forest Regional Park
  • Robert & Ellen Hostetler for Fox Run Regional Park
  • GE Johnson Construction (Stella Hodgkins) for Bear Creek Regional Park
  • Olson Plumbing & Heating (Mike Bukowski) for Fountain Creek Nature Center
  • Gold Hill Mesa (Stephanie Edwards) for Bear Creek Nature Center
  • Heuberger Motors (Alex Gauthier) for Bear Creek and Fox Run Dog Parks

“Without the generous contributions of our citizens, community partners and a multitude of volunteers, we couldn’t operate our County Parks as efficiently or effectively as we do,” said Community Outreach Coordinator Dana Nordstrom. “The Partners in the Park program is a prime example of El Paso County’s many public-private collaborations aimed at maximizing County resources while minimizing the cost to citizens.”

Nordstrom is currently looking for additional partners. If you or your company would be interested in lending your support to ongoing operations and maintenance of a favorite park, trail or nature center or just want to learn more about the Partners in the Park program, please contact Dana Nordstrom, at (719) 520-6983 or

Partners in the Park benefits include signage at the park entrance, partners names on the County Parks website, usage of a pavilion and formal recognition by the Parks Advisory Board.

El Paso County Parks oversees 7,900 acres of park land and open space, 2,400 acres of conservation easements, 120 miles of trails, two nature centers, the El Paso County Fair and Event Center and more than 1,000 recreation and environmental education programs.