Quality of life. Stewardship. Community.

The Parks For All Foundation helps change the way our community sees itself. With your support, the Foundation helps Shawnee County Parks + Recreation provide family-friendly and safe outdoor spaces that can be shared by everyone in our welcoming community. Help us bring joy and vibrancy to the natural outdoor spaces we all love.

Our Mission

To enhance the park and recreation experience in Shawnee County through charitable contributions of time and resources.

Our Vision

We aim to promote healthy lifestyle choices and improve quality of life by providing the best in parks, golf courses and recreation facilities and programs to residents of urban and rural Shawnee County. Crucial to the success of our vision is the dedicated efforts of countless volunteers, parks and recreation patrons and private businesses all working together to enhance and maintain Shawnee County facilities.

Our History

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Foundation (now Parks For All) was formed in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) organization which uses tax-deductible contributions, bequests and advertising revenues to support major capital improvements, public park land acquisition, special projects, and programs. 

In 2018, we changed our name to Parks For All Foundation to better reflect our mission, vision and overall community values.

Parks For All Foundation
2018 Annual Report

FAQs

The Parks For All Foundation serves to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers while assuring that Shawnee County Parks + Recreation facilities remain first class and are preserved in a historically and environmentally efficient manner. It helps promote healthy lifestyle choices and improves the quality of life by providing the best in parks, golf course and recreation facilities and programs to residents of Shawnee County. Gifts made to the foundation may also be used to create a legacy or memoriam in the name of a donor or loved one.

The Parks For All Foundation operates independently as a private, not-for-profit agency qualified as a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code and is registered as a charitable corporation in the State of Kansas. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Parks For All Foundation is responsive to donors and retains great flexibility to pursue unique projects that although valuable to communities and park-goers, are not presently within the County’s priorities and/or budget resources. SCPR may request that the Foundation provide partial or full funding for projects. Examples of projects supported by the Foundation include Ted Ensley Gardens, Bettis Family Sports Complex, improvements at Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Historic Site, Hanger Family Fishing Pond, and the Midwest Health Aquatic Center.

Parks For All Foundation manages funds for many community special projects. Give a targeted gift to support a project in the community! Call us if you have questions about the existing funds available for acceptance of donations.

Yes. You may designate your gift to be “in honor” or “in memory” of someone. Be sure to provide the individual’s or their family’s contact information so they can be notifief of your gift, if you so choose. Endowments, plaques and memorial benches are also options for honoring them through name recognition.

You can contact rachel.meyer@snco.us or @ 785-251-6885 for further assistance.

Yes. All contributions will flow through the Parks For All Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization set up specifically to mobilize public support and financial resources for public parks, trails, and recreational opportunities. All donations are tax deductible in full accordance with the law.

Absolutely. Anyone may make a designated gift to a specific campaign or project. If you are interested in making such a gift, you may do so by contacting Rachel Meyer at rachel.meyer@snco.us.

Yes. We highly encourage anyone who would like to visit with us to do so. Please contact rachel.meyer@snco.us or call 785-251-6885 to make arrangements for a visit.

Yes. The Parks For All Foundation, is a not-for-profit organization. Our 501(c)(3) status has been granted by the Internal Revenue Service and our Tax ID number is 82-1386772.

You may request additional information by emailing rachel.meyer@snco.us or by calling 785-251-6885. We are also happy to speak to any group about our foundation and current projects.