The Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc. was established in 1981 by a group of concerned citizens to offer assistance to the City of Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department in acquiring additional sources of funding for programs and facilities. The primary purpose of the non-profit, tax-exempt foundation is to acquire properties and accept gifts for use in the City’s park system. Since 1981, the Foundation has received over $5 million in gifts and property. Proceeds from the Red Hills Horse Trials have been donated to the Foundation since the event’s inception.

These donations have enabled dozens of inner-city youth to attend the Red Hills Horse Camp at the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park. The overnight camp introduces these kids to horse back riding, environmental education, outdoor cooking and other outdoor skills. In addition, the donations have funded trail and road improvements in the park.
Individuals or groups can make tax-exempt donations for specific facilities or programs. Memorial, in-kind and property donations are also accepted. Gifts have run the gamut from supplies for a sewing class to new playground equipment to the Oven Park property and house. The Foundation sponsors the annual Winter Festival celebration, funds youth athletic uniforms and cosponsors many other activities associated with the Department’s programs.

The Foundation’s most popular program is the Memorial and Commemorative Tree program. Funds may be donated through the Foundation to plant a tree in one of the City’s parks and designate it with a plaque. Trees may be given in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion like a first birthday or wedding anniversary. Donors and family members can actually help plant the tree in the park of their choice.

For more information on the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc., please contact Ashley Edwards at 891-3866, or visit the City of Tallahassee’s website at Talgov.com.