Friends of Our Parks
Foundation Information and Background
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 $1.5 million in gifts and property. Gifts have included everything from supplies for a sewing class to sponsorship of a youth athletic league to the Oven Park property and house. You can help as an individual or group by making donations for specific programs or facilities, or you can let the Foundation decide where your donation can best be used.
The possibilities are endless! Either as an individual, a school or scouting group, or a neighborhood association, everyone can get involved. For more information, contact the PRNA Staff at 891-FUNN(3866) or by e-mail from this page.
Memorial & Commemorative Trees Program
Memorial and commemorative trees may be donated through the Friends of Our Parks Foundation to be planted in one of the City's parks and designated with a plaque.
Flowering cherry, maples, crepe myrtles, live oaks and camellias are popular choices. Suitable for commemorating any special occasion or as a living memorial to a loved one, your gift will also help beautify our parks and facilities for many years to come.
Each tree is designated with a plaque mounted on a metal pole and protected from the elements by Plexiglas cover. Donors can choose to help with the actual planting of the tree.
For more information, contact the PRNA staff at 891-3866.
The Jesse Correia Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Jesse Correia Memorial Scholarship fund was created in memory of my five and a half year old son. Jesse loved everything about his life. He loved the outdoors and was very happy camping and hiking. His school encouraged the arts, and he enjoyed acting in plays and loved to draw. Jesse's life was enriched by his participation in Tumbling Tots and by having the dream of playing baseball for the FSU Seminoles. At such a tender age, these activities and his own dreams provided him with inspiration, a sense of purpose, discipline, and enhanced his self-esteem. All of this by having fun!
The Jesse Correia Memorial Fund has allowed children the opportunity to participate in the things that Jesse loved; baseball and gymnastics. During Spring Break 2014, the Fund helped children at the Walker-Ford Community Center experience baseball during sports camp that was held for the first time. Additionally, guest speakers such as Commissioner Andrew Gillum and Justice Peggy Quince, came to speak to the group on a variety of topics relatable to life today. The camp was a huge success! Donations made to the Jesse Correia Memorial Fund will go directly to support the above mentioned programs at Community Centers throughout Tallahassee. Donations should be mailed to FOOP, 912 Myers Park Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301 and noted that the donation is for the Jesse Correia Memorial Fund.