Vancouver Parks and Recreation awarded $60K to fuel youth, family programming

The four community grant projects focus on creating safe, supportive and equitable recreation opportunities for residents throughout Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Parks and Recreation received over $60,000 in ongoing community grant funding to support youth and family recreation programing at the Parks Foundation of Clark County’s annual luncheon and membership meeting May 14.

The four community grant projects focus on creating safe, supportive and equitable recreation opportunities for residents throughout Vancouver.

  • $26,000 to Summer Playground Programs from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation
    Offering free, supervised activities and USDA-certified lunches to children ages 6-11 at five Vancouver locations from June through August. In 2018, over 100 children each weekday attended the Summer Playground Program.
  • $15,000 to Teen Late Night Programs from the Parks Foundation and U.S. Bank
    Providing a safe, healthy, and fun environment at the Marshall and Firstenburg community centers every Friday night during the school year for over 6,000 local teens.
  • $13,500 to Everybody Plays! Scholarships from Bauman Chiropractic, Banner Bank and Nautilus Cares
    Creating affordable access to City recreational programming for nearly 900 participants each year. Scholarships may be used for swimming, team sports, youth classes and special programming for individuals with disabilities.
  • $6,000 to free Sunday swim sessions from Bauman Chiropractic
    Enriching the lives of 100 people each week through a free family swim session at Marshall Community Center.

“We are grateful for the significant annual investment our recreation programs receive from the Parks Foundation of Clark County and our community partners,” said Recreation Program Manager David Perlick. “By supporting programs that serve our city’s youth and families, these grants are creating a brighter future for Vancouver.”

Learn more about Vancouver Parks and Recreation programming at www.vanparksrec.org.

About Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Vancouver Parks and Recreation builds upon the City’s strong legacy of parks, natural areas and recreation dating back to the dedication of Esther Short Park in 1853. Each month, the Parks and Recreation Department provides hundreds of recreation opportunities for youth, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities at its two community centers. Parks and Recreation operates 1,600 acres of parkland at 113 sites, including 90 parks, 20 miles of trails and many natural areas for the City of Vancouver. The Parks and Recreation Department cultivates community in the City and beyond through ongoing special events and volunteer programs that celebrate the City’s natural spaces.

About Parks Foundation of Clark County

Parks Foundation of Clark County raises funds through public and private partnerships in support of the parks, trails and recreational programs of Clark County. The Parks Foundation, as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, accepts and administers donations, gifts, and bequests and provides support and assistance in raising funds and promoting the special projects and programs as identified and prioritized by the cities of Clark County. The Parks Foundation serves as a resource and network to the individual groups and organizations working to enhance the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County and provides annual funding to the cities of Clark County through its Community Grant program.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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