The Friends of Benson Park, Inc. is conducting its annual Membership Drive for Fiscal year 2023.

In 2021, supporting Members helped us to raise money for the much-needed repair of the Elephant Barn roof. In the next few months, our Board will meet to review the 2023 budget and discuss the projects we will tackle in the coming year. We are hoping to continue our interior renovation of the Elephant Barn and work towards opening the museum. This museum will provide a major piece of our overall commitment to preserve the history of “Benson’s Wild Animal Farm”.

As we look toward the future, we are grateful to our current and new Members. Our friend, Dick Turmel, has been a supporting Member for many years. Dick visits the Benson Park Store and provides us with countless moments of fun and awe by sharing his memories of working at “Benson’s Wild Animal Farm” when he was a teenager back in the 1950s. Memories such as these create the fabric that ties many New Englanders to our community. Although we can’t bring back the animals and amusement rides, the story of “Benson’s Wild Animal Farm” is an integral piece of history to the people that have experienced its magic and to the younger generations who will experience it through the stories and memories we share.

As part of our Membership Drive this year, we will enter every new and renewing Member in a fun raffle! Our raffle prize is a unique Elephant figurine that was part of the “Benson Wild Animal Farm” memorabilia collection owned by Arthur Provencher, the last owner of this historic zoo and park. Please note that all 2023 Memberships need to be received by November 30, 2022 to be eligible to win.

Additionally, as a 2023 Member, you’ll enjoy a year-long 10% discount on all purchases in the Benson Park Store and a “Free” WalkNTour Self-Guided Smartphone Tour of Benson Park! Visit for more information.

We look forward to counting you among our “Friends of Benson Park Supporting Members” this year!
Thanks for your support!