The Park Districts tremendous growth and enduring popularity is largely due to the generosity and support of the community. Without their help, our programs, facilities and acquisition of land might not otherwise be possible.


The Knox Parks Fund was established in September, 2007. The Knox Parks Fund was created by area citizens who wanted to support the parks system and help keep it a lasting part of our community. The fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, which was formed in 1944. The Community Foundation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service for tax exempt purposes, and funds are managed locally. MasterCard and Visa are welcomed, and you can view a brochure. Contact Mr. Sam Barone at 740.392.3270 or via email:

Public budgets can’t always stretch enough to cover all the desirable improvements for parks and recreation services. While many gifts to the Knox Parks Fund are in the form of cash, other contributions are helpful too:


Estate planning/wills can include the Knox Parks Fund as a beneficiary.


A transfer fund for gifts of stock is available locally. Memorials: Gifts for loved ones may be set up for project and programs matched with the donor’s wishes.

Real Property

The value of items such as land, artwork, antiques and other treasures can be exchanged for proceeds to directly help the parks.

If you would like to donate a specific item (like a park bench) to the park district, please contact Lori Totman via email at or by phone at 740.392.7275.   Here’s a “wish list” of items needed to make the parks more enjoyable for all:  Recycled plastic-content picnic tables, benches and kiosks, educational and interpretive panels/displays, foot bridges, heavy duty mowers, all terrain vehicles (i.e. Ranger, etc.), chainsaws, string trimmers, hand tools and split-rail fencing.

Volunteer Programs

Conservation Volunteers

Volunteers play an important part in the development of the Park District.  Volunteers assist staff with programs, wildlife surveys, special events, invasive plant controls, maintenance, resource management projects and trail management.  Send us an email at if you would like to volunteer or call 740.392.7275.