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San Jose Parks Foundation Launches "ParkForce" Campaign to Protect and Preserve San Jose's Parks & Trails
Date:5/17/2010

squo;s quality of life. People of all ages, incomes and ethnicities throughout the city enjoy their recreational amenities," said San Jose Parks Foundation Board President Dan Pulcrano. “It’s critical in these economic times that we have a funding resource to maintain the city’s park system.”

Residents and businesses in San Jose have patiently watched as budget cuts have taken their toll on a variety of city programs. The current deficit projections mean even deeper cuts for San Jose’s department of Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS). Anticipating that this might happen, PRNS took action a few years ago to help organize and fund the San Jose Parks Foundation, which brings private funds to public parks.

Board Secretary Helen Chapman has been involved in the creation of San Jose Parks Foundation from its beginnings as an idea, through a community process, and as a Steering Committee member and Board member for nearly two years. “I have waited to see this organization come to fruition. It offers citizens direct input into the quality of their parks and trails.”

San Jose Parks Foundation is not yet funding projects, which will be its primary purpose once the organization is in full operation. According to Executive Director James Reber, that will be toward the end of this year. In the meantime, the process and policies are being established.

“Even without funds, we can provide valuable help to our parks,” adds Reber, who has already begun working with a few community groups to help guide them toward sustainability. “This includes acting as a Fiscal Receiver for qualified community groups who need to have a legal nonprofit entity in order to accept donations, as well as providing organizational and fund raising training.”

San Jose Parks Foundation asks that anyone and everyone in San Jose who cares about the parks and trails will become a mem
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