Park & Recreation Foundation
The La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation was established in 1999 to lead the fundraising efforts for the 23-acre sports complex located on the grounds of Parkway Middle School, now known as the Junior Seau Sports Complex. The Foundation itself granted more than $1 million towards this project. Subsequent projects include the construction of a new teen center located in Highwood Park next to La Mesa Arts Academy.
Our current capital campaign, It’s Child’s Play, will renovate five La Mesa park playgrounds. The first playground at Jackson Park was completed in 2010. The Drew Ford Family Playground honors its donors with a transportation theme. The second playground at Northmont park was completed in 2014. The theme for this playground is a nature theme and was funded by Grossmont Center and Bill and Norma Verbeck. The next park up for renovation will be Vista La Mesa Park in the summer of 2018. Funds are currently being raised for the Collier and La Mesita Parks.
- Promote La Mesa as a healthy place to live
- Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and equality
- Respect and encourage individual ability and creativity
- Enhance and create a sense of community through recreational experiences for all ages
The La Mesa Park & 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 celebrate our parks
- We are a model foundation for community activism
- We 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.