Who We Are

The Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands (FLCPOL) are comprised of individuals just like you, who love the unique parks and open spaces of Larimer County.

Established in 2004, two years later FLCPOL helped raise more than $130,000 in a few weeks to ensure the purchase of Hermit Park when Agilent Technologies offered to sell the former Hewlett Packard site, located southeast of Estes Park, CO.

Today, the goal for FLCPOL is clear: as a 501 ( c ) non-profit we raise funds to support Larimer County parks and open spaces beyond what the Help Preserve Open Space ¼-cent sales tax initiative generates.

Additionally, FLCPOL secures additional funding through grants not available to the county government. These funds and tax-deductible donations directly benefit a variety of Department of Natural Resources projects.

It is extremely rewarding to see Hermit Park Open Space conserved and beloved by our community residents as well as visitors from around the country, enjoying the fabulous hiking and mountain biking trails and all the camping recreational opportunities it has to offer!”

Sharon, Cathy and Jean, Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands

Summit of Kruger Rock, Hermit Park Open Space, Larimer County, CO.

The Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands Board:

President: Jean Carpenter. A two-term member of the Advisory Board for Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces; a former science teacher and an informal environmental educator.

Vice President: Cathy Parkhurst. Initially, a volunteer with Larimer County Cathy joined FLCPOL when it was established in 2004 and has been involved ever since. Versatile, Cathy is involved with administrative duties and outdoor projects.

Secretary/Treasurer: Sharon Green. A lifetime outdoors enthusiast, Sharon grew up camping and waterskiing on Horsetooth Reservoir and expressed her appreciation for the outdoors by becoming a member of FLCPOL when she learned of the need to raise funds for the acquisition of Hermit Park. She notes, “Larimer County is fortunate to have such a wonderful variety of natural spaces for all to enjoy.  I am deeply committed to the preservation of these places for the next generation.”

Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands
P.O. Box 2715
Loveland CO. 80539-2715


Tax ID: 20-2699989