The Friends of Goodale Park formed in 1987 in realization that the surrounding community needed to take greater responsibility to nurture and support Goodale Park. A devastating summer storm had destroyed many of the park’s older trees so the Friends raised funds to purchase over 300 trees. In subsequent years, the Friends have undertaken many projects to restore, improve and maintain this gem of an urban park. Lighting, benches and trash receptacles have been added; a gazebo and expanded shelter house have been constructed; sidewalks and playgrounds have been updated, and more trees have been planted. To accomplish these improvements, the Friends of Goodale Park solicit donations and grants from individuals, local government, other organizations and businesses. The Friends of Goodale Park is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, charitable organization formed under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.