The La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation was established in 1999 to lead the fundraising efforts for a 23-acre sports complex located on the grounds of Parkway Middle School. This would become the Junior Seau Sports Complex. The Foundation itself granted more than $1 million towards construction of the complex. Subsequent projects include the construction of a new teen center located in Highwood Park next to La Mesa Middle School. Our current capital campaign, It’s Child’s Play, will renovate five La Mesa park playgrounds to make them more safe, accessible, and attractive for the community. The first playground at Jackson Park was completed in 2010. The Drew Ford Family Playground honors its donors with a transportation theme featuring car climbers and resilient surfacing depicting a roadway surrounding the play structure. The second new playground at Northmont park was completed in 2014. The theme for this playground is a nature theme. This playground features fun climbing mushrooms, flower shade structures, and lots of climbers. This playground was funded by Grossmont Center and Bill and Norma Verbeck. Funds are currently being raised for the Collier, La Mesita, and Vista La Mesa Parks.”
The foundation guides us to:
Enhance and create a sense of community through recreational experiences for all ages
Promote La Mesa as a healthy place to live
Respect and encourage individual ability and creativity
Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and equality
The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation facilitates quality projects and programs that provide activities to strengthen community and family bonds as well as foster pride in La Mesa and its parks.
Vivid Descriptions of Success
We achieve success by doing the following:
We are a model foundation for community activism
We celebrate our parks
We will engage community volunteers and efficiently use community resources and partnerships
The Foundation is open to participation in projects of interest in East County, but we will primarily focus our capital campaign activity on La Mesa projects.
The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID: 33-0856480.