Who We Are

Formed in 2007 by a group of San Carlos residents, the Parks and Recreation Foundation of San Carlos was a response to the growing need of park improvements throughout the city at a time of dramatic public funding cutbacks. Using a public/private partnership model, the Parks and Recreation Foundation came together in an effort to secure private monies aimed at facility improvements, program implementation, and other services of the San Carlos Parks & Recreation Department.

San Carlos Citizens have long identified the City’s Parks & Recreation facilities and programs as essential to their quality of life. The goal of the Parks and Recreation Foundation is to meet the gap between city resources and citizens’ expectations.

What We Do

The Parks and Recreation Foundation is made up of a board membership of 11 San Carlos citizens, all of whom donate their time to ensure the vitality of all 14 San Carlos parks & park programs. This includes implementing annual community fundraising events like the Symphony at Sunset, Bocce Ball tournaments, Ferris Wheel’s, soliciting naming opportunities on Park features like benches, trees and wall tiles, to garnering the generous cash donations of citizens & local businesses.

What We Accomplished So Far

The Foundation raised over $400,000 in private donations for Burton Park’s Phase I renovations, unveiled in 2009, and $250,000 in private donations for Burton Park’s Phase II renovations, completed in 2014. The Foundation has provided over $10,000 in scholarships to citizens who need some fee assistance for the City’s great recreational programs. Other donations include sponsoring Friday night concerts in the park, and paying for field and park maintenance.

“When deciding which organization we should give some of our annual budget of donations to, we choose the San Carlos Parks and Recreation Foundation because it adds value to our community.”

Jason Mansfield —Donor, San Carlos June 25, 2014