Established in 1983, the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation is a nonprofit corporation which promotes and encourages the advancement of parks and recreation opportunities in Loveland.
The Foundation is governed by a board of citizens who meet on a monthly basis, and carry on the activities of the organization. Fund-raising and providing a means for interested citizens to make donations in support of the services, programs and facilities of the Loveland Parks and Recreation Department are the main functions of the Foundation.
There are many programs managed by the Foundation including a very popular Youth & Family Scholarship Program, Bucks for Busses, Park Tree & Bench Donation Program and Cemetery Donation Program.
Supporters of the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation can take pride in their contribution to the quality of life in Loveland. Whether it is the sound of children playing in one of our many parks, the shade of a majestic tree, or the satisfaction gained from completing a special class, the entire Loveland community benefits from the efforts of the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Since its inception in 1983, the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation has played an active role in fostering recreational opportunities in Loveland.
- Funded the "Casey" sculpture at the Barnes Park Softball Complex
- Helped furnish the senior wing of the Hatfield Chilson Center
- Provided workout equipment for the Recreation Center
- Purchased mileage markers, signage and benches for the Recreational Trail System
- Donated trees, picnic tables, benches, canopy and trash receptacles to the parks
- Donated a pool reel line for Winona Pool and bike racks for parks
- Donated "Rain Drop" pool feature to Winona Pool
- Provided funding mechanism to beep baseball and youth golf programs
- Purchased bleachers for Kroh Park
- Purchased audio and visual equipment for Environmental Education Program
- Co-funded picnic shelter at North Lake Park
- Established an endowment fund for recreation scholarships
- Signs at Mehaffey Park
- Trees at River's Edge Natural Area
- Administers tree grants for parks.
- Donates and solicits funds for flower and tree plantings in the parks.
- Administers the Youth & Family Recreation Scholarship Programs.
- Acted as leasing agent for Certificates of Participation on Mariana Butte Golf Course.
- Acts as mechanism for donations, including bench and tree memorials.
- Fund-raising for a Youth Athletic Complex in Loveland.
The Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation is governed by a board of citizens who volunteer their time to encourage and foster recreational opportunities in Loveland.
- Chad Brent
- Marie De Wolf
- Greg Guest
- Ryan Lundquist
- Denise Rhoades
- Howard Wigert
- Scott Wilson
- Molly Elder (Staff Liaison)
If you are interested in volunteering or serving on the board, please contact Molly at:
Loveland’s Parks and Recreation Foundation is proud of the impact it has had on the community through its scholarship program. Since its inception in 1990, the Scholarship Program has awarded over 7,800 scholarships for recreational programs. Without financial assistance, these recipients would not have had the opportunity to participate.
- Recreation Assistance/Scholarship Program Handout (PDF)
with April 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 Rates
How Does The Scholarship Program Work?
The Scholarship Program pays for financially needy families and families facing hardship to participate in classes listed in the Parks and Recreation Leisure Times Activity Guide. Families requesting assistance have a referral agency complete a scholarship application on their behalf. Attached to the application is the activity registration form for the specific program or activity the family is requesting. Once a request is approved, the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation will pay for that activity on behalf of the family and notify the family of the award.
- 0-12th grade (and some exceptions for adults)
- Must live in the R2J School District
- Family can demonstrate need for financial assistance/family hardship
- Must have a current Scholarship Application completed by community referral agency
- Funds are allocated quarterly
- $175 maximum per individual; $600 per family - per calendar year (January-December)
- One activity per child, per quarter
- New application required each year
- Must choose an activity or program available through the Parks & Recreation Department
Referral agencies are community organizations or individuals who have the ability to identify individuals in the community who may benefit from the program. Referral agencies include teachers, school administrators, counselors, recreation coordinators, social service agencies and churches.
- Get an application form from a referral agency.
- The agency will complete the referral information and the family information on the scholarship form.
- Choose the requested activity in the Parks and Recreation Activity Brochure. Complete and sign the activity registration form on the back of the scholarship application.
- Return the application and registration to:
Parks and Recreation Foundation
500 E. Third Street, Suite 200
Loveland, CO 80537
- Once the completed scholarship request is received, it will be processed on a funding and space available basis.
- If approved, applicants will be registered for their desired activity (if available) and will be notified within one week by mail.
Where Do The Funds Come From?
Tee Off For Kids: The Foundation hosts a golf tournament called "Tee Off For Kids" to raise funds for scholarships. This tournament involves several individuals, companies, and organizations participating to raise valuable resources for scholarships.
City of Loveland: The City of Loveland contributes funds toward the Youth Scholarship Program by providing matching funding to the Foundation for its scholarship program.
Foundation Fund Raisers: Volunteers assist the foundation each year with fund raising. Examples of fundraisers are concession sales at the July 4th Festival and Arts & Crafts Festival. See more about this in the Special Events section below.
Grants, Donations & Memorials: Families and individuals make donations to the Foundation to assist those with financial needs or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. Donations to the scholarship program are welcomed and encouraged. In addition, the Foundation Board applies for available grants and matching funds to maximize resources.
We would like to thank the many volunteers, companies, and Board Members who carry out the work of the Parks and Recreation Foundation. These individuals make the Scholarship Program a reality and help hundreds of children each year through their time, talents and donations.
The primary purpose of the Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation is to raise funds and foster donations for the Parks and Recreation Department. Currently, the Foundation sponsors or participates in these special events to raise funds for recreational scholarships and community assets:
City of Loveland Farmers Market
On Sundays in the summer, the City of Loveland Farmers Market sets up in two large pavilions at Fairgrounds Park. A portion of the proceeds from these markets is provided to the Parks & Recreation Foundation to use with its Youth Scholarship Program.
Loveland Aleworks Fundraiser
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Foundation works with local businesses such as Loveland Aleworks to support underprivileged youth in Loveland by funding the Scholarship Program. This particular fundraiser allows for a portion of the proceeds from the sales of pints of beer at their location to come to the Foundation! See the FLYER (PDF) for more info.
"Tee Off For Kids" Golf Tournament
Each year, the Foundation and the City of Loveland organize the "Tee Off For Kids" Golf Tournament. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for youth recreation scholarships.
Teams from all varieties of organizations join in the fun and competition. Two person teams will play in 3 Divisions: Men's Ladies, & Mixed. Please contact us at
Arts and Crafts Festival
Each year the Foundation Board and several volunteers operate the beverage booths at the Arts & Crafts Festival held each August in North Lake Park. All proceeds are used for recreation scholarships and recreation equipment. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please call
How Do I Help?
To volunteer to assist with the Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation please call Molly Elder at: