This year the Foundation invested $10,000 in supporting ADA improvements at both Linwood and Liberty Lake Regional Parks. Both of these projects addressed community concerns about the ease of park access for those with physical disabiities. "We were happy to partner with Parks Foundation on this endeavor," says Doug Chase, Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf director. "We knew that one of their core values is Providing Access, and felt that these two projects were a great
What an amazing summer! We not only increased the number of swimsuits we gave out this summer but we DOUBLED the number of swimming lessons that we funded! And we were able to purchase enough passes to have some available all summer long - ensuring that no kids were left locked out of the pools simply because they didn't have the money to buy admission. We also hosted a Free Swim Clinic as the summer got started and then funded free swims every single Friday all summer long.
I spent the summer doing two things for work - visiting every park in the County with my kids, and reading all of the Foundation's Board minutes from Oct 25, 1951 until this year. (I'll give you one guess which of those my kids enjoyed most!) Reading 64.9 years of Board minutes might sound boring, but it was actually quite revealing. Before that, I didn't know that we'd actually expanded our scope beyond the City in 1986...I'd been told that the expansion happened far more re
On October 25, 1951, the nine founding members of the Spokane Park and Recreational Foundation met to sign the Articles of Incorporation. Within twelve months we had received $2,500 in gifts, held an annual meeting and bought a book for Board minutes. That might seem like a slow year, but if you look at the scope of the task, you will understand that while the deliverables may have been few, these volunteers were creating something out of nothing. Prior to the Foundation, no