Impact and Programs
"Parks on the Go" outreach van
The Foundation provided $67,500 in funding for the purchase of a specially equipped van, in partnership with Three Rivers Park District, to help bring nature programming and activities to communities that lack regional park facilities. In 2015 the van reached nearly 10,000 people at city festivals, farmers' markets, health fairs and open streets events.
First annual fundraising event
The "Shakespeare at Silverwood" event drew more than 125 people who enjoyed art, food, wine and entertainment at Silverwood Park in July.
Give to the Max Day fundraising success
Thanks to more than 140 generous donors, the Foundation raised over $28,000 on Give to the Max Day, plus an additional $10,000 in matching funds from an anonymous donor. This far surpassed the goal of $25,000 to provide scholarship funding for the Park District's new Explorer Camp program, ensuring that no child will be turned away from the camps for lack of funds.
Nature Center enhancements
Improvements to displays and raptor facilities at the Park District's nature centers were made possible by generous gifts to the Foundation in 2015.
Natural resources management
Donations to the Foundation helped restore, enhance and manage the Park District's native woodlands, wetlands and prairies. More than 31,000 trees were planted in 2015.
The Foundation's primary goals are to (1) further the development, growth, and excellence of the Park District; (2) help promote and sustain high-quality programs, services, and facilities; (3) enhance public understanding, advocacy, and use of the parks; and (4) actively seek, accept, and manage donated funds and property. This year, the Foundation has made a commitment to fund the purchase of an outreach van for a new initiative called Parks on the Go. In partnership with Three Rivers Park District, the van will be used for education and community outreach with a special emphasis on reaching under-served and disadvantaged segments of the Park District. The van is expected to be in operation in the summer of 2015, with a goal of at least 18 community events (festivals, farmers' markets, health fairs, etc.) and 50 or more outreach activities for school-age children. Meanwhile, the Foundation will continue its support for Three Rivers parks, nature centers and field trips for youth.
Community or Constituency Served
Visitors and potential visitors to Three Rivers Park District.
Geographic Area Served
The many communities within the Greater Twin Cities Metro Area that surround Three Rivers Park District's 27,000-acre natural resources-based system.