Nudism (also called naturism) is the practice of going without clothing in social settings (generally in mixed-gender groups of all ages) in the belief that doing so is beneficial.
I'm a founder of Naturist Legacy Park (Manitoba's only nudist park) and Naturist Legacy Inc. (the non-profit corporation that owns the park). As the corporation's first president, I led our members from 2010 — when we were brand new and had absolutely nothing — until 2014, by which time we had successfully acquired the land, buildings and amenities you see in the image above.
The early history of Naturist Legacy Inc. and Naturist Legacy Park is documented here in 50 articles, 14 explainers (some with updated information) and 50 annotated galleries containing more than a thousand photos.
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There is, in fact, more information here about Naturist Legacy Inc. and Naturist Legacy Park than anywhere else on the Internet. By far. Welcome to John Kundert's Naturist Legacy Scrapbook!
A historical synopsis of its structure, governance, fees and rules
Naturist Legacy, Briefly
Naturist Legacy Inc.
Naturist Legacy Inc. was created by members of Crocus Grove Sun Club
in 2010 after the owners of the campground they had called home for 40 years unexpectedly ended
nude use. Crocus Grove Sun Club officially evolved into Naturist Legacy Inc. on September 11, 2010. "Naturist Legacy's business structure is somewhat unique. It's not a 'mom and pop' club, a co-op or a commercial, for-profit corporation. We are instead a membership-based non-profit (non-share) corporation
. No one 'owns' Naturist Legacy. It's governed and managed by a board of directors
(elected by the membership), who are in turn governed
by the corporation's by-laws
. The core reason for our very existence is spelled out in our Articles of Incorporation
(PDF): 'The purpose of the corporation shall be...to sustain and advance naturism through the acquisition and management of lands to be held in trust and permanently designated for naturist use'" (see "Manitoba's Naturist Legacy is open for business
"). Naturist Legacy Inc. purchased new land of its own in September of 2010.
I was the corporation's president in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the corporation's treasurer during the first half of 2014.
Naturist Legacy Park
Naturist Legacy Inc. owns and operates Naturist Legacy Park. The nudist park is located 35 minutes northeast of Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway (it's 10 kilometres east of Libau, Manitoba on Provincial Road 317). The 80-acre property was vacant farmland when Naturist Legacy Inc. took possession on October 1, 2010. "So how did we go from absolutely nothing to something quite amazing in just two short years? Countless hours of 'outside the box' thinking and planning produced a solid business plan for a naturist park that inspired enough confidence in our members to both fund it and build it. We owe money only to ourselves, with not one thin dime owed to any external bank or lender. Everything we have, including our new land, is fully ours — paid in full. Except for the help of a few necessary tradespeople, every hour of labour that has gone into our park has been volunteered by our own members" (see "Manitoba's Naturist Legacy is open for business").
I was the lead planner, designer and builder of Naturist Legacy Park in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and during the first half of 2014.
As of July 1, 2014, amenities included:
20 seasonal RV lots (all had at least 30 AMP power, a few had sewer hookups, none had water hookups)
A large tenting area
A sanitary dump station
A pump house (the source of the park's potable water)
A washroom/shower building
An outdoor shower building
A swimming pool with large sun deck
A sand volleyball court
A bocce court
An unfinished clubhouse
Membership, fees and rules
As of July 1, 2014, Naturist Legacy Inc. had approximately 85 members. People interested in joining were directed to a Web page that offered general information about membership including fees and rules (see a screenshot). Prospective members were required to provide a Criminal Record Check after a free introductory day visit. Casual day membership was $30 per visit for singles and $60 per visit for couples. Full membership with unlimited visits was $150 per year for singles and $300 per year for couples. Seasonal RV lots were $750 per year. By design, the board of directors provided most of the labour necessary to operate the park. Contributions of labour by regular members were appreciated, but they were never mandatory nor routinely expected. The board promised members in 2011 that "No one will be required to work at Naturist Legacy Park — this year or ever!"
Naturist Legacy Park was family friendly. It was fully nudist rather than clothing-optional. Members were expected to be nude whenever and wherever possible. Naturist Legacy Park was not open to the general public. It was a private park open to members, their guests, and to affiliated AANR and FCN members by reservation. See the Membership Application (PDF), Fee Schedule (PDF), Nudist Etiquette Guide (PDF) and Rules (PDF) that were then in effect.