SPPF coordinates volunteer events for members to donate their time and efforts to improve the parks.


SPPF is an advocate for planning, growth, ecosystems, and developing the parks.

Fund Raising

SPPF helps fundraise and collect contributions to support the parks.

Board of Directors:

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Jonathan Stevens

Founder, President

Jonathan has been visiting Sun Prairie Parks for over 35 years and enjoys ice skating, canoeing, sledding, snowshoeing, flying kites, climbing trees, bicycling, hammocking, and playing with his daughters in the Sun Prairie parks.

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William Dunlop

Founder, Vice President

Bill and his wife, Amy, have been residents of Sun Prairie for 15 years and have a passion for parks. During his engineering career he has designed parks, bike and pedestrian trails, and natural areas. Bill can be seen running or biking on Sun Prairie’s trail system almost any day of the week or helping Groundswell Conservancy at Patrick Marsh.

Jo Kiesow

Jo Kiesow

Founder, Treasurer

Jo has experienced and enjoyed Sun Prairie parks for many years. Her children played at the playgrounds, ice skated at Wetmore Park, sledded at Sheehan Park, and were entertained for hours at the Angell Park pool. Now with her children grown she is playing pickleball at Wyndham Park, attending the concerts in the park at Wetmore Park and walking the dogs in Liberty Park.

Erik Naumoff

Erik Naumoff

Founder, Secretary

Moving to Sun Prairie in 2005, Erik has been enjoying the Sun Prairie neighborhood parks as a means of both relaxation and recreation for years. Moreover, for the past 8+ years, he has been frequenting the Sun Prairie Pet Excercise Area on almost a daily basis along with his two dogs, and serving as a staunch advocate for dog park maintenance, enhancements and expansion.

Bob Holling

Bob Holling

Founder, Director At-Large

Bob had served as the Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry for the City from 1979-2011 until his retirement. He enjoys going for walks, bicycle riding, golfing and the outdoors, including visiting local, state and national parks. He has been a Sun Prairie resident since 1979.

Mark Piela

Mark Piela

Founder, Director At-Large

Mark and his wife, Kate, have called Sun Prairie home for over 35 years. Along with their children, they have explored many of the amenities of the park system. Through the seasons, whether swimming or skating, playing baseball or sledding, biking or cross-country skiing, bird watching or nature hikes…enjoying the outdoors has always been a family favorite.

Mark Piela

Theran Stautz

Director At-Large

Theran and his family have lived in Sun Prairie since 2015. He enjoys biking in every season, on and off-road, He also likes to kayak, camp, hike, and play frisbee golf and soccer. Theran's work as an ecologist has given him a deep appreciation for natural resources and he is working to improve vegetation and wildlife habitat at the City's Parks.

Mark Piela

Phillip McKeown

Director At-Large

Phillip and his wife Angela live in Sun Prairie and have four kids. They are a family full of avid mountain bike enthusiasts and are always on the move–seeking adventure on two wheels. Phillip currently serves as the Team Director of Sun Prairie Area Mountain Bike Teams. He teaches Web & Interactive Design at Madison College where he also serves as Department Chair.

  • “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

    John Muir
  • "The measure of any great civilization is its cities and a measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares."

    John Ruskin

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Upcoming Events

All Participants Welcome

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00am - Noon

Pollinator Garden Builds

Sunny Valley Park, Hunters Ridge Park, and Vandenberg Heights Park

Help plant new plants around the new parks signs to support the pollinators. Schedule is 9:00am Sunny Valley Park, 10:00am Hunters Ridge Park, 11:00am Vandenberg Heights Park. All Plants are being donated by the Plant Dane Program and the city is assisting with turf removal.
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Wednesday June 8, 2022 - 6:00-8:00pm

Brats, Brews, & Bikes Picnic

Stonehaven Park Shelter

SPPF Members are invited to the first SPPF and SP Moves joint BBB picnic. The bicycle ride will depart the park at 6pm with routes of varying lengths. Dinner will be at 7pm and will include brats and sides. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite brews. All members are welcome, and if you aren't interested in bicycling, just join for the picnic! Sponsors are invited to donate food, drink, and raffle prizes. Email info@sunprairiemoves.org for more info.

September 2022 - Time & Date TBA

Community Playground Build

Royal Oaks Park

Volunteer to help assemble the new playground and equipment at Royal Oaks Park. By not having to contract for the full build cost of the playground, the city is able to reduce the project costs and include project enhancements with the budgeted funds.

Third Wednesday of the Month

Board Meetings

Various Locations - See Schedule

The Sun Prairie Parks Friends, Inc. Board of Directors meet once a month and welcome member and community input at all meetings. Meetings are typically on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm.

SPPF Meeting Schedule