Keeping McPherson's parks and public facilities viable for the future is the aim of a new foundation established Monday by the McPherson City Commission.
Public Lands and Facilities Director Wayne Burns presented the commission with the McPherson Parks and Public Facilities Foundation. He said the park system and public facilities are at the end of their life expectancy.
“They are old, tired and, in some areas, just downright worn out and unsafe,” Burns said. “With the shrinking tax dollars, the Public Lands and Facilities Department cannot operate its services on tax subsidy alone. Staff recognizes the need to establish an avenue for creating lifetime memories and leaving a legacy in the community.”
The money donated will be administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation. According to MCCF President and CEO Becky Goss, they are actually looking at establishing two funds to serve the parks foundation.
“One is an endowment where the principal of that fund will stay in place,” Goss said. “Earnings from that will be used to award grants back to the projects you name. An expendable fund is one that allows you spend that down to zero.”
Projects that could potentially be served by the foundation include renovations of the Community Building and the band shell in Lakeside Park, updates and repairs to the McPherson Water Park and a memorial bench and tree program.