Parks Foundation

​Jefferson City is home to an award winning Parks and Recreation Department. As the capital city of Missouri, maintaining our local parks and recreation facilities and programs to meet the ever changing needs of our community and its visitors is a challenge.

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Foundation strives to provide additional resources to leverage taxes, fees and grants to enhance our parks and recreation services. Over the years, civic minded individuals and organizations have maintained a tradition of enhancing the quality of life for their families, friends, and neighbors through generous donations to the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation system.

In 1992, the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Foundation was formed to provide continuing leadership and foster the expansion of parks and recreation services in Jefferson City. The Foundation’s goal is to emphasize the value of parks and recreation – both passive and active – not only for individual growth and development, but also for a strong family unit and for making our community a more desirable place to live, work, play and visit.

If you believe, as we do, that wholesome recreation pursuits make individuals more productive in their homes and communities and lead to a healthier and happier life, please commit your support to the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Foundation. Land, trees, fountains, benches, shelters, activity fees for youth programs are all gifts that can make a difference in people’s lives. Any and all size gifts to our community are appreciated and contribute to the livability and quality of life of Jefferson City.

For more information on how you can make a tax deductible contribution of land, money, or other gifts, please contact the Foundation’s Executive Director Todd Spalding at (573) 634-6482.

Youth Scholarship Program

Every child deserves access to parks and recreation programs regardless of their financial situation. Youth scholarships are available to Jefferson City area families who need financial assistance so their children can participate in organized recreation activities.

Some youth programs are ineligible for Scholarship funding. Examples include modified/competitive sports leagues that register by team rather than by individual; outdoor recreation activities; and optional equipment purchases.

Eligibility

Eligible families are those who receive assistance through TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and/or Food Stamps.

Supporting documentation from Missouri Department of Social Services is required upon submitting an application.

  • Current “Notice of Eligibility”; OR
  • List of “Eligible Case Members”; AND
  • Parent/Guardian Photo Identification

How it works

  1. Complete a scholarship application.
  2. Once approved, you will receive a credit from JC Parks Foundation for each child in your household to use on the current year’s eligible programs.
  3. When registering for eligible programs, you are responsible for 20% of the program fee. The remaining 80% of the fee will be paid from your child’s Foundation credit.
  4. All credits expire on December 31. Scholarship applications need to be submitted every year.

Click here to download the Scholarship Application.

Questions about eligible programs or other inquiries? Email Laurence Hogg, JC Parks Community Equity and Inclusion Manager, or call (573) 634-6492.