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| The Friends of Panther Creek is a non-profit organization
established in 1995 consisting of private citizens and corporations
who support preserving our park's natural and cultural resources. In
April 2008, our Group was recognized by James Fyke, Commissioner,
Department of Environment and Conservation with the 2007 State
Parks Gold Medal Award.
You can be directly involved and support Panther Creek State Park
through volunteer work with our Friends group and financial/membership
donations, thus helping to create and maintain a strong community
connection with the park and
leaving a legacy for future
join now (print and mail) and help
improve this natural treasure nestled right here in your own back
yard. Your ideas and vision are important to us. You can
participate in Friends' meetings (you have a vote!), fundraisers and
serve on committees for special park projects. You can
make a difference! The amount of involvement is up to you.
All donations are tax-deductible!
"To support, improve, protect and preserve the character of
Panther Creek State Park and to participate in activities for the
betterment of said park. To educate the public about the unique qualities
of the park, including the natural, geological, biological, cultural,
historical, educational and recreational features which should be
preserved and protected for the use and enjoyment of this and future
generations of Tennessee."
| It was a only a few
years ago that our community was in jeopardy of losing our State
Park. As you are probably aware, due to budget cuts, Panther
Creek State Park was one of 14 Tennessee state parks
closures, according to the Governor's office was to save some 3.2
million dollars. Many people feel the closures were more for
The friends group and the community
rallied together to try and prevent our park from closing.
Petitions were signed by over 10,335 people protesting the closing
of Panther Creek. We are blessed to have this beautiful park
in our community and it is important that our children and
grandchildren get to experience this natural resource as well.
Thank you for your support!
The original Steering Committee met
in 1995 to plan the future of the Friends group and the park.
The Friends Constitution and Bylaws have been a template used by
many other Friends groups in Tennessee.
(This picture from the Citizen
2020 Friends of Panther Creek State