Carmichael Parks Foundation
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We provide scholarships to local youth so they may participate in the many recreational programs offered by the Carmichael Recreation and Park District. These include the Kid's Hang Out After School Program, dance and gymnastics, tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football, and a wide range of activities for summer day camps. Each participant is charged a fee which is intended to cover the costs of supplies and staff who serve in each program area. Some Carmichael families are unable to cover the costs and the Parks District has had to turn away many youth whose families are not able to pay these fees. Our Foundation scholarships cover up to 50% of the program fees with the family covering the balance. If the family has more than one child participating, the scholarships can cover up to 75% of the fees.
Program Successes
- The number of scholarships provided by the Foundation has dramatically increased since this program began in 2015. Three hundred and nine (309) scholarships were awarded in 2018 as compared to the 18 awarded in 2015. We are committed to continuing this growth trend and are now able to offer scholarships for the Tiny Tots preschool program.

- The Kid's Hang Out After School Program provides a safe environment where kids can do homework, be active, and socialize with others Monday through Friday throughout the school year. Similarly, the Summer Day Camp Programs offer safe, supervised activities for children and teens during the summer months when school is not in session. Over 70% of the scholarships the Foundation provided in 2018 were for these two programs. We also provided additional funding for program enhancements, including a remodeled reading nook and new Chromebook computers. For more information regarding the Youth Scholarship Program, call (916) 485-5322 (ext. 23).

- In 2018, the Carmichael Park District completed a very successful, first of its kind partnership with B Street Theater to offer a summer Play Writing Program to Carmichael youth. The Foundation covered the entire B Street Theater fee for the program, which allowed 20 youth to attend the five-week Play Writing Workshops at a nominal charge. The program was so well received, we are hoping to engage additional community support to be able to continue this program in the future.
The Carmichael Parks Foundation raises funds for select projects that are beyond the capacity of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District's budget. The District manages and maintains 13 sites that extend over 170 acres throughout the Carmichael community. These include neighborhood parks, nature, and garden areas, and community recreation and event centers. Revenues come from the Sacramento County homeowner's tax base and are based on the number of homes and properties within the District boundaries. These revenues only increase as new homes are built or homeowner taxes increase. Since we are an established community, there is minimal land for new homes to be built and limited new homeowner taxes to increase our annual revenues. Thus the District's budget cannot adequately cover major improvements and enhancements that would make our parks safer, and more attractive with expanded recreational opportunities. That's where the Carmichael Parks Foundation steps in - to generate funds for the types of development and expansions that further increase the overall beauty and quality of life in the Carmichael community.
Program Successes
Thanks to the generous donations from members of the Carmichael community and the success of our annual Dinner in the Park fundraising event, the Foundation has raised funds for improvements to Charles Jensen Botanical Gardens and Carmichael Community Garden and at Sutter Park, as well as for upgrades at John Smith Hall at La Sierra Community Center. However, as the gem of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District, Carmichael Park is in need of improvements to make it a more attractive, safer, and welcoming community center. The Foundation is currently focused on raising funds to build two Bocce Ball courts in Carmichael Park. Other improvements to Carmichael Park, as well as the many other parks and open spaces within the Park District, have been identified and can be prioritized as resources become available through the Foundation's fundraising efforts.