In 2016, the City of Claremont approved the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan & Implementation Plan, which recommended establishing a Friends group to actively work to preserve, program, support, and facilitate communication among park users, neighbors, and City staff, and to harness the energy of volunteers to help achieve the goals laid out in the Master Plan (Master Plan, pages 4.9–4.10; Implementation Plan, pages 4-5). The Friends of the Wilderness Park was established in response to the plan.

The Friends were first convened in 2017, and in response to the initial experience, the governance and committee structure was revised to its present form in 2018.


Friends’ activities are initiated and coordinated by a Leadership Team, who establish ad-hoc or permanent working groups to deal with specific issues as needed.

Leadership Team:

Carol Blaney
Charlie Gale
Nancy Hamlett
Ran Libeskind-Hadas
Meg Mathies
Wendy Reeder
Vicki Salazar

City of Claremont Liaison:

Eric Ey, Human Services Supervisor

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