Mall of the outdoor spaces and exciting activities we offer in Thurston County come from funding and partnership efforts supported by the PARC Foundation. Founded in 1998 by James Reddick, the nonprofit organization’s volunteer board members work with the cities of Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, Yelm and Tenino to raise and provide funds for parks, arts, recreation, cultural programs and events.
PARC does not run any programs. Instead, the money goes directly to the foundation, which allows it to be used directly with projects. One of many examples of their work is the $5,000 they gave to the City of Tumwater in grants for recreational programs using funds from the Capital City Marathon. Another is the insurance paid for attending the parade of luminaries at Olympia. They also help with fundraising applications and even promote city-only programs and events through PARC Foundation’s social media.
Supporting Thurston County Parks and Recreation
PARC’s efforts are aimed at preserving Thurston County’s green, natural settings and making them available for public recreation and simple enjoyment. PARC not only helps provide the physical space, but supports people to take advantage of these opportunities. The foundation has provided the district with money for a special leisure program for 16 to 99 year olds with special needs. The program takes groups to play bingo, go out to eat, or go to the beach.
The PARC Foundation supports the Tenino Stone Carvers Guild with business administration and grants for building classes at the Tenino City Workshop. Photo Courtesy Tenino Stone Carvers
“It’s been very rewarding to work with park agencies that have fewer staff and fewer resources, like Yelm and Tenino,” said Beth Doglio, Washington State Representative-Elect and President of the PARC Foundation. “I feel that the PARC Foundation is a tremendous value in these communities.”
“The Tenino Stone Carvers are a pretty cool thing,” Doglio says of projects and serving on the board, “as well as being able to support music in the community, scholarships for kids for summer camp, and the Yelm Trail. I also love working with all parks departments on their Marquis projects.”
Tenino doesn’t have a large parks department like other cities, so PARC helps fund the pool’s operations. To support the growth of other programs, the foundation published the Tenino Park survey on its own PARC Facebook page to promote awareness, a gesture it is doing for other cities as well.
PARC Foundation support connects communities
The Yelm Prairie Line railroad tracks, which cross the Nisqually River between Yelm and Roy, will be converted into a trail for walking, jogging and horseback riding. Photo courtesy City of Yelm
PARC is supporting Yelm to further transform its Yelm Prairie Line Trail by helping the city apply for a grant. An unfinished span crossing the Nisqually River on a railroad bridge between Yelm and Roy will connect the two communities to each other and beyond. The trail also preserves local and regional history and means safer walking, horseback riding, biking and hiking than on SR507.
Social and emotional connections are also made possible through PARC-supported programs such as Lacey Loves to Read and the Summer Teen Adventure Program.
Support for art and culture in Olympia and Tenino
Spaces for artistic and craft creation and teaching are important for the promotion of talent and the transmission of historical craft forms. The PARC Foundation’s mission is to preserve the quality of life by promoting arts and culture activities, parks and recreation. Armory: Creative Campus is an important part of that. Once remodeled, the Olympia Armory will feature art venues, exhibition spaces and classrooms.
The PARC Foundation assists the Tenino Stone Carvers Guild with business administration and obtaining grants to enable them to put together courses for the public. Although smaller classes have taken place in the guild’s shed, support from the PARC Foundation will help extend the reach.
The PARC Foundation helps fund the operations of the Tenino Quarry Basin and supported the Olympia Symphony in a summer concert open to the public when the basin was empty. Copyright: Scott Herman
“I want it to have a real sense of community, that they enjoy it and take some heritage with the craft,” says Dan Miller, stonemason at the Tenino Stone Carvers Guild. “I think workshops are great places to attract future stone carvers.” Classes are held at the Tenino City Workshop, with groups of around 10 people per session. “I think it all ties together,” says Miller. “Tenino has the quarry here, and they want to be known as Stone Town. It doesn’t work without PARC.”
As the Tenino Quarry Pool emptied for the summer, PARC was actively involved in bringing the Olympia Symphony to Tenino where they played a free concert to the public. Other music programs have also been supported by PARC, such as the Tumwater Senior Choir and the Capital City Chorus.
PARC also partnered with the parks departments of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater for Earth Day task force projects and contributed funds to a $500 prize that encouraged Thurston County schools to see who could recruit the most volunteers .
The creation of cultural and artistic opportunities for the public, such as B. Enjoying the Olympia Symphony concert at the Tenino Quarry Pool is part of supporting the PARC Foundation. This event combined art, culture and history. Credit: Jessica Reeves-Rush
Support for PARC Foundation projects
A supporter of PARC is Greene Realty Group’s Greene Giving Fund. Each agent contributes financially to the fund. Charities can apply for these funds, and a committee works with Greene Realty Group to award these funds.
When people, organizations and businesses contribute to the PARC Foundation, they benefit every community with parks, arts, recreation and culture. To find out more about the PARC Foundation, visit the PARC Foundation Facebook page, visit their website or call them at 360.352.0980.