About Friends of DIP

Barry  As we begin our 7th year as a tax exempt 501(c3) charity,  we are proud of how far we have come in a relatively short time. Today, we have over 130 family and individual members. Our outreach programs and speaking engagements have brought many more supporters beyond our membership.

Working with the Broward Department of Parks and Recreation, we have helped promote Deerfield Island through expanded educational programs, activities and advocacy.

Completed projects include donating kayak storage racks, planting and maintaining the original butterfly garden, purchase of benches and chairs for the new outdoor classroom, and the developement of educational activities for kids visiting the island.  Thanks to a grant from the "Claire Friedlander Famiy Foundation", we designed, purchased and installed the 3-dimensional Wingspan Exhibit. We  were able to purchase the "Tony the Tortoise" sculpture and bring it to the island as the new mascot with donations from the local community.

We have been instrumental in developing an Ambassador program on the island to greet visitors, provide information and distribute educational material.

Thanks to our corporate supporter, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., we have donated $45000 to the parks department  to complete an ADA compliant walkway for the new planned expanded Butterfly Garden.

Although 2020 and 2021 were difficult and the park has been closed for much of that time due to Covid, we have been working in the background to keep our projects and fund-raising going. Now that the park has reopened, we have enthusiastically begun creating new educational projects. 

We are proud that the Friends of Deerfield Island Park has been a  partner with the Broward Department of Parks and Recreation in establishing the island as a showpiece of what community input can accomplish with county government for it's citizens. 

Click here for Friends of Deerfield Island Park -- ByLaws

                                        Meet our Board of Directors

Prez Veep Sec
Helene Wechterman
Diana Lopez
Vice President
Karen Hutson
Recording Secretary


Trustee Trustee1 Trustee2
Irene Devlin
Merryl Kafka
Fred Kraske


Trustee Trustee1 Trustee2
Shirley Lane
Mel Nass
Caroline Steffan


Ira Wechterman
Founder & Past President 


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