The Parks Foundation of Clark County awarded $192,157 in support of Clark County parks, trails and recreation programs as part of its Community Grant Program on June 3.
The following projects and programs received funding:
The City of Vancouver received a $10,000 grant to fund the purchase of new fitness equipment for Homestead Park. The fitness stations were installed as original elements of the park, located in the Cascade Highlands Neighborhood, more than 25 years ago. The wooden stations gradually deteriorated and have been removed from the park. The Parks Foundation funding of the replacement of the fitness stations supports Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s focus on maintaining current assets without creating an additional burden on the Park’s maintenance budget.
A $26,000 grant from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation, will allow Vancouver Parks and Recreation to provide two free summer playground programs; one at Evergreen Park along the Fourth Plain Corridor and a second at Marrion Elementary School in the Evergreen School District. In addition to the $26,000 McClaskey Family Foundation grant, the program received funding from Audigy, Walmart, and the Parks Foundation for a total award of $31,000.
Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Everybody Plays Scholarship program received an award of $64,622 thanks to grants and sponsorships from the Bauman Family and Bauman Chiropractic, the Nike Employee Grant Fund, Nautilus Inc., Waste Connections and the Parks Foundation’s Community Grant Fund. The scholarship program provides children from low income homes in Clark County the opportunity to participate in recreational activities and programs offered through the Marshall and Firstenburg Community Centers.
Clark County Parks was also awarded $10,800 to construct a one mile extension of the existing Vancouver Lake Loop. The ADA accessible extension will provide additional trail for hikers, bikers, and walkers offering views of the lake, opportunities to bird watch, connect with nature, and enjoy the great outdoors. The project was generously funded in full through the Dorothy Langsdorf Trail Fund and the Langsdorf Family.
The Community Grant program was launched by the Parks Foundation in 2009 to help fund needs of the parks and recreation departments of Clark County. Since 2009, the Parks Foundation has distributed more than $350,000 through the grant program.
The Parks Foundation solicits support for specific programs and projects throughout the year, and also raises funds for projects identified through Community Grant applications. The foundation was able to fund a large portion of grant requests this year through the generous support of its many community partners.