Parks & Recreation Foundation

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Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation logo 

Established in 1983, the Loveland Parks and Recreation Foundation is a nonprofit entity that 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 facilitate the activities of the foundation. The main functions are to fundraise and provide a means for interested citizens to make donations in support of the services, programs and facilities of the Loveland Parks and Recreation Department.

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.

Ongoing Projects

  • Administering tree grants for parks
  • Donating and soliciting funds for flower and tree plantings in parks
  • Administering the Youth & Family Recreation Scholarship Program
  • Acting as leasing agent for Certificates of Participation on Mariana Butte Golf Course
  • Facilitating donations, including bench and tree memorials
  • Fundraising for a youth athletic complex in Loveland

How You Can Help



To volunteer to assist with the Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation, please call Molly Elder at 970.962.2728 or email

Wanted: Youth Athletic T-Shirts

The Foundation accepts gently used YA reversible T-shirts for scholarship recipients. To donate, call 970.962.2727 or drop them off at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office located at 500 E. Third St., Suite 200, Loveland, CO 80537.

Foundation Year End Report Loveland Aleworks Scholarship Flyer

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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 9,500 scholarships for recreational programs. Without financial assistance, these recipients would not have had the opportunity to participate. 

View recreation assistance/scholarship program brochure (PDF) 

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 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 during each activity guide distribution
  • $175 maximum per individual; $600 per family - per calendar year (January-December)
  • Per child, one activity from the summer activity guide, one activity from the fall activity guide, and two activities from the combined winter/spring activity guide
  • New application required each year
  • Must choose an activity or program available through the Parks & Recreation Department

Referral Agencies

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.

Application Process

  1. Get an application form from a referral agency.
  2. The agency will complete the referral information and the family information on the scholarship form.
  3. 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.
  4. Return the application and registration to:
    Administrative/Business Manager,
    Parks and Recreation Foundation
    500 E. Third Street, Suite 200
    Loveland, CO  80537
  5. Once the completed scholarship request is received, it will be processed on a funding and space available basis.
  6. If approved, applicants will be registered for their desired activity (if available) and will be notified within one week via postal mail or email.

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 Fundraisers

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.

Special Events

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!  

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 three divisions: men, women and co-ed. Please contact us at 970.962.2728 for additional information.

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 970.962.2728.

Board Members

The Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation is governed by a board of citizens who volunteer their time to encourage and foster recreational opportunities in Loveland.

Foundation Members

  • Chad Brent
  • Marie De Wolf
  • Greg Guest
  • Ryan Lundquist
  • Dennis Newberry
  • 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: 970.962.2728 or email


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

Foundation Year End Report

2016 Year End Report & Overview (PDF)