Welcome to Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Foundation!
The Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Foundation was formed in 2008. The Foundation utilizes tax-deductible contributions, bequeaths and advertising revenues to reduce the burden of government through funding of major capital improvements, public parkland acquisition, special projects and programs. The SCPR Foundation is an affiliate of the Topeka Community Foundation. It has an Executive Board of Directors and volunteer staff that wish to see Shawnee County parklands and facilities preserved and remain first class for generations to come.
Donations to the SCPR Foundation will go for the long range preservation of the facilities designated by the donor or in the general endowment fund for parks maintenance and enhancement projects. The SCPR Foundation serves to recognize and honor its benefactors by establishing a memoriam in their name that becomes permanently and prominently displayed within the parks and facilities.
The partnership between the SCPR Foundation and the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Department impacts the community in many positive ways. The partnership provides avenues that encourage wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Working together we can beautify the community, making it vibrant and attractive to potential residents and companies looking to relocate. Contact us today to find out more about the opportunities that are available to leave a legacy for generations to come.
The Topeka Parks and Recreation Foundation was founded October 1, 1984. The Lou Falley family donated money for a greens rebuilding project at the Topeka Public Golf Course, currently Cypress Ridge Golf Course. This project initiated the start up of the TPR Foundation.
The purpose of the Foundation was to promote and financially support the parks and programs offered by the City of Topeka Department of Parks and Recreation. The mission of the TPR Foundation was to enhance the experience of living in Topeka by raising private funds to improve and expand the community’s parks, trails, recreation programs and to provide access and opportunity for all its citizens.
Listed below are just a few of the programs and projects that were made possible through the support of the TPR Foundation:
- The Carousel in the Park was a community-wide effort to restore the 1908 Herschell Spillman Carousel that was housed at Boyles Joyland in Topeka.
- The construction of the Gage Park Accessible Diamond was accomplished through a fundraising effort that included funding from the TPR Foundation, a Kansas City Royals Charities grant, a penny drive by Shawnee County residents and financial support from the City of Topeka.
- The Friends of Hill’s Bark Park was established in August 2004. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. donated $25,000 to the TPR Foundation to go towards the expansion of the Bark Park. The Friends of the Bark Park continue to raise money for improvements.
The merging of the city and county parks and recreation departments effective January 1, 2012 brought about the merging of the TPR Foundation under the umbrella of the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Foundation as of June 1, 2012.