True Friends Awarded $10 million for New Recreation Center

Maple Lake, Minn. (July 28, 2023): True Friends was recently awarded $10 million from the Minnesota State Legislature to support the construction of a new Recreation Center at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN.

The Recreation Center will provide enhanced accessible amenities including a temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art pool with zero entry, as well as a spacious gymnasium with stage, to support sporting events, performing arts opportunities, and large group gatherings.

“After more than 50 years of use, the current pool and gym can longer support the thousands of participants we serve every year,” said President and CEO John LeBlanc. “The new Recreation Center will provide enhanced accessible amenities for individuals of all abilities to continually improve the experiences we provide.”

The $10 million awarded to True Friends will go toward the total base cost of the $16 million project that will not only provide upgraded amenities but improve overall accessibility to the 305-acre location.

True Friends has launched a capital campaign to fundraise the remaining $6 million needed to fulfill project goals. Pending fulfilled financial goals, construction would begin Fall 2025.

Future project updates can be found by visiting

True Friends is a nonprofit agency providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for over 5,000 children and adults with disabilities, of the 23,000 served annually through all programs and services. True Friends programs include camp, respite, therapy and adaptive riding, retreats, travel, and team building. For more information about True Friends visit call 952.852.0101, or email

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