In 2004 a group of friends and neighbors formed the Circle of Friends of the Warner Park Community Recreation Center (WPCRC) to support the mission of the WPCRC and to ensure it continues to grow and serve the community. The purpose of organizing a non-profit group, separate from the city, is to raise funds to provide for wanted items and capital projects that we cannot expect the taxpayers to provide. Membership is open to all that want to be part of the continuing growth and success of the WPCRC. Board members are selected from those that volunteer to help and have the time to participate on a working board. Our board members are all volunteers.  We have no paid staff and always welcome additional members. The Circle of Friends is a 501(c)(3) allowing all donations to be tax deductible.

Some of the items purchased out of the general fund are the rugs in the entry to the gym and the exercise room, the Step One in the exercise room, the computer lab consisting of 10 lap tops and 20 tablets for the community to use at the center. The large screen and a smaller TV.  Another one of our goals is raising public awareness and funds for the Warner Pool.  The funds that were raised from cookie sales, our annual walk, the golf outings and your generous donations are in special pool accounts for the Warner Pool with the Madison Community Foundation. We started the $1,000 Club for donors that have giving over $1,000, There is a plaque where the names are listed.

The WPCRC  was built with the intention of adding an indoor aquatic center, the north side has not given up on that.. We believe that every child must know how to swim with access to affordable swim lessons.

In 2013 the CoF established the  Warner Pool Endowment Fund with the Madison Community Foundation to support the operating expenses of the Warner Pool once it is completed. Part of the agreement is that if the pool wasn’t operational as of January 1, 2023, the distributions will be made to the WPCRC to use as advised by the CoF. Once the aquatic center is added the distribution will be made to the WPCRC to help cover the operation expenses. of the pool.  Gifts to the fund are always welcomed.

The continuing mission of our CoF is to continue to raise private funds to provide better recreational opportunities for the public’s benefit to make the Warner Park Community Recreation Center a better place for all of who use it, now, and in generations to come.