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Become a friend of the Trail and join our team of dedicated volunteers who use and love the Hank Aaron State Trail. Working together we can encourage people to get active on the Trail, engage in environmental restoration, and provide a safe and engaging experience for all who use it. 

The Friends group is able to accomplish all it does thanks to the generous support of its many sponsors and dedicated members. Think of what we could do together with your support! 

FOHAST is a local group of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

Mission

The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail is a non-profit dedicated to sustaining, promoting, and enhancing the Hank Aaron State Trail, creating a lasting legacy for present and future generations.

Vision

We bring life to the Hank Aaron State Trail by:

  • Fostering community connections,
  • Promoting outdoor activity,
  • Cultivating a sense of exploration,
  • Inspiring awareness of the environment, and
  • Creating unique experiences.

What We Do

  Send kids to Bike Adventure Camp   More than 1,000 neighborhood kids have participated in 2-week long camps which teach safety, build confidence, and experience the fun of biking on the Trail.

Send kids to Bike Adventure Camp

More than 1,000 neighborhood kids have participated in 2-week long camps which teach safety, build confidence, and experience the fun of biking on the Trail.

  Establish Stew Crews   Businesses and organizations volunteer on Stew Crews and keep their adopted sections of the Trail free of litter.

Establish Stew Crews

Businesses and organizations volunteer on Stew Crews and keep their adopted sections of the Trail free of litter.

  Provide enhancements   Sculptures, murals, benches, signs, and other art enhance the Trail and connect users to the area's culture and history.  Photo: Kristine Hinrichs Photography

Provide enhancements

Sculptures, murals, benches, signs, and other art enhance the Trail and connect users to the area's culture and history.

Photo: Kristine Hinrichs Photography

  Organize events to activate the trail and engage the community   The Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk is the Trail's major FUNDraiser and FUNraiser that brings together over 1,000 people each year to enjoy the Trail and support programs and enhancements that connect our community.  Photo: Kristine Hinrichs Photography

Organize events to activate the trail and engage the community

The Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk is the Trail's major FUNDraiser and FUNraiser that brings together over 1,000 people each year to enjoy the Trail and support programs and enhancements that connect our community.

Photo: Kristine Hinrichs Photography

 

Committees

FOHAST committees bring the organization's mission and vision to life. Committee members include board members and community members who wish to make a difference in our community. See a committee that sparks your interest? Let us know! 

 

Art Committee

The Art Committee is responsible for public art and aesthetic enhancements along the Trail, contributing to the Trail's character and improving the experience of all who use it. 

Run/Walk Committee

The Run/Walk Committee organizes the annual Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk, the Trail's largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds are used for trail maintenance, improvements, and to fund youth bike camps in partnership with the Bike Federation of Wisconsin.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee promotes community ownership and participation by encouraging people to join the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail. 

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee helps to promote the Trail and the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, including events and initiatives.

CHANGE Coalition

The Community Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Coalition is dedicated to enhancing access to physical activity and nutrition for the residents, citizens, and employees of our community. Read more here.

 
 

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

President
Dan Adams, Harbor District, Inc.

Vice President
Robert Peschel, The Sigma Group

Treasurer
Molly Duffy, Blood Center of Wisconsin

Secretary/Past President
Mike Brady, Story Hill Neighborhood Association

Past President
Bruce Keyes, Foley & Lardner LLP

 

Board Members

Steve Brachman, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin

Eddee Daniel, Urban Wilderness Photography

Barbra A. Fagan, MS, Froedtert Health

Jerome Flogel, MMSD

Caressa Givens, Wisconsin Bike Fed

Tom Metcalfe, WE Energies

Laura Mueller, Pabst Theater

Mark Plichta, Foley & Lardner LLP

Mirtha Sosa, United Community Center

Judy Springer, Ph.D., Milwaukee Area Technical College

Chris Steinkamp, Urban Ecology Center

Corey Zetts, Menomonee Valley Partners

 

 

Contact Us

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Jill Maertz
FOHAST Events/Outreach Coordinator
fohast@gmail.com
414-563-7051

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Melissa Cook
Trail Manager
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
melissa.cook@wisconsin.gov
414-263-8559