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About Friends of the Park - Abita Springs Park

Friends of the Park is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2007. We are a citizen volunteer group dedicated to developing, funding, and implementing beautification projects in the park ,playground and around the town of Abita Springs. We are dedicated to providing a variety of activities, special events, facilities and services that collectively enrich the lives of all patrons.



Friends of the Park Board Members


IMG_5343President : Regan Contois

Regan Contois is the current President of and a Founding Board Member. She moved to Abita Springs in 2005 and works as a Landscape Architect and Planner for St. Tammany Parish. In addition to park planning, she enjoys paddle boarding, wake surfing, fishing, painting, and spending time with family and friends. Her son, Sam who just began 3rd grade at Abita Springs Elementary, inspires her to seek adventure on a daily basis. FOP has provided a wonderful way for Regan to use her talents to enhance the local community while reaping the benefit of fellowship with many talented, enthusiastic board members and volunteers

tracetVice President:Tracy Kennan
Tracy moved to Abita Springs' historic district in 2006 with .r husband Anthony Donado. The couple has two children who attend Abita Springs Elementary. Tracy works
at the New Orleans Museum of Art as the Associate Curator of Education. She holds a masters degree in art history from Tulane University and has completed coursework for a Master of Arts in Teaching at Southeastern Louisiana University. A native of Northwest Arkansas, Tracy lived for twelve years in New Orleans where she was founder and co-director of the non-profit, alternative art gallery and music venue, 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center. 

 Rachel Laney
 Rachel is the new FOP treasurer, She  has lived on the Northshore for 13 years now. She is   originally from New Orleans. Rachel is currently employed as a  Operations Officer with Gulf Coast Bank. She is happily married  and she has two daughters.


Board Members at Large:


Rachel Lambert is a former school teacher who has volunteered her time over the last fifteen years working with the PTA at Abita Springs Elementary and Middle Schools, especially with their Gumbo Art and Warrior Art programs and Cultural Arts Committees, and currently with the Fontainebleau High School Crimson Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble One and Project Graduation. She is the is the proud mom of four sons, two in college and two in high school. She is a member of the Covington Presbyterian Church and an Education Committee Member. Rachel is a former Board Member of the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum. She and her husband, Dalton, moved to Abita Springs in 1992. It is been her pleasure to be a part of the development of the Trailhead and our community built Playground. She is especially proud of FOP�s art panels and benches in the playground and around the water feature, which display work by groups of students and individuals who volunteered to make our park uniquely Abita! She is interested in continuing to work toward litter abatement and awareness, spreading the word about sun safety, and pursuing FOP�s mission of providing healthful activities and cultural programs that can be enjoyed in our Trailhead!

    evetteEvette Randolph is a faithful member at large, in charge of food and beverage for EARTHFEST, and additonal festivities in the park.  Her fond memories of growing up in Abita prompted her to leave a successful event planning business in Los Angeles to move back to the small town that she grew up in. With her husband Michael by her side, she hopes to create those same wonderful memories for her children, Magnum and Ciara. She enjoys volunteering as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and investing time into the cultural growth of the community.

. darleneDarlene Creel lived in Covington most of her life before moving to Abita Spring in 2002. She is retired from the St. Tammany Parish School system having spent more then 4 years at Abita Elementary. Darlene is Website Coordinator. She enjoys serving FOP in any way that she is called upon. She and her husband, Donald have four grown and married children and a number of grandchildren and great grandkids. Darlene loves to spend time with family and friends. Her favorite past time is traveling. Her goal is to fill the pages of her 2nd pass port.

  michael tMichael Tomlinson has lived in St. Tammany since 1981, living away a few years in between and has lived in Abita Springs since 1995. Mike grew up as an �Army Brat� and lived all over growing up finally finishing high school in Shreveport and Ruston. Mike graduated from LSU after serving in the US Navy. Mike enjoys reading, music, bicycling and photography and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Covington. Mike works for the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation as an Economic Development Specialist. Michael is current Membership Coordinator, Mike believes in the Quality of Life that Abita Springs offers and that is the reason he joined FOP.

IMG_2977  Adrienne Juttner, Adrienne fulfilled a decades long dream when she retired and moved to Abita Springs with her husband in 2008. After 30 plus years as an Educational Diagnostician she cherishes the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of this area. With the sponsorship of Friends of the Park Adrienne is coordinating the creation of Keep Abita Beautiful which will be an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Resources from this national affiliation will assist with the efforts to beautify the park and the community.


piratecaptain2015Stewart Eastman,I am an active life member of the Deutsches Haus in New Orleans, have been parading in the Krewe du Vieux 19 consecutive years, and the Abita Push Mow parade for five years. Since moving to Abita Springs about six years ago I have become active in local events and organizations including the Abita Springs Bike Festival, the Green Party of St Tammany,  and competed the last five years in the St Tammany Senior Olympics in bicycling. My most recent education includes a Paralegal Certificate from UNO (1999) and a MS in Zoology from U. Mass at Amherst (1974). I retired in September 2015 as a computer specialist working for the Navy in the Civil Service for twenty years and earlier serving in the Navy for nine. For five years I was a licensed Sanitarian for the City of New Orleans Health Dept. Some of my useful hobbies include photography, art painting, and live music stage setups. 

Candice Fitzgerald