THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT - BERT MILLET
VICE PRES. - MICHAEL MCCAFFREY
SECRETARY - KRISTIN MCPHIE
TREASURER - JIM RUIZ
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Parks, Recreation, Programs and Facilities Support
A community’s parks and recreation program exemplifies the community’s quality of life. Your donation to the Mesa Parks and Recreation Division through the Foundation supports Mesa’s nationally recognized parks program. The Foundation has supported numerous projects within Mesa, including development of the Park of the Canals master plan, Falcon Field Park renovation, Mesa Arts Center development, and t-shirt sponsorship for youth programs. Please consider being part of the action!
Physically and mentally disabled individuals are provided once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The Foundation supports efforts for the disabled.
Since its founding, the Foundation has been a proud supporter of many of Mesa’s special events.
Tree Donation Program
Being part of a living, growing and lasting effort to support parks in Mesa is important to us. This program supports tree plantings in Mesa parks in honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day as well as memorial donations. Any interested party can become a living part of a park by contributing to the Memorial and Honorary Donations Program. Here donations will be turned into trees and/or benches to memorialize loved ones and serve to beautify park open spaces in Mesa. – Brochure –
Aquatics – Learn to Swim; Making Waves
The Foundation supports the City of Mesa’s Making Waves program, which provides swimming lesson opportunities to children who otherwise would not have a learn-to-swim opportunity. The Making Waves program provides scholarships to children for swimming lessons. A tax-deductible donation to the Foundation provides these opportunities.
The Mesa Sprint Triathlon
One of the signature events for our fundraising activities, this annual triathlon raises money to help fight childhood obesity in our communities by providing scholarships for aquatics and after school athletic programs to children in need.
Save Our Train
For decades, the Pioneer Park train engine #2355 was a playground for Mesa’s children, but a fence went up around it in the early 1990s as it slowly decayed. The Mesa City Council gave residents two months to come up with a solution, or watch the rusting hulk be disposed of. Subsequently, the Foundation is assisting a group of citizens have formed an active fundraising committee to save the historic icon.
Park of Canals
The Park of the Canals is a 31-acre site containing picnic ramadas, restrooms, a botanical garden, trails, and a playground. It is a unique site that preserves the remnants of prehistoric, historic, and pioneer structures and irrigation canals. The playground was originally constructed in1988 but was removed in 2005 due to significant safety concerns and the reality that only a few swing sets remained. Consequently, neighbors and interested Mesa residents formed a coalition to lead the efforts in fundraising and site design for a new playground. They won the financial support of the local Rotary clubs and the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation to accept tax-deductible donations for renovation efforts. Soon thereafter FMPR partnered with the Kaboom Foundation to build a brand new playground that has helped transform the park back into the wonderful community landmark that it is today.