With record use of beaches, parks and facilities, the Greenwich Parks & Rec Foundation is making a difference

Greenwich residents continue to spend more time outdoors in public parks, beaches, green spaces and city trails.

The mission of the City of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Department is to provide high quality recreational opportunities through safe, well organized and affordable activity programs and special events. The Department of Parks and Recreation facilitates a range of recreational opportunities for all age groups that enhance the physical, intellectual, social and cultural growth and development of city residents. The ministry ensures reasonable access to all programs by closing physical and economic gaps that may hinder participation.

The Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation was established as a private, non-profit organization to support and enhance our city’s heritage in parks, open spaces and recreation programs. It connects the community through strategic philanthropic investments and income development.

“We have had a very successful summer with a record number of people served by Parks and Recreation,” said Parks and Recreation Director Joseph Siciliano. “Now in the fall we continue to see record use of beaches, parks and facilities. The Foundation supports the city’s recreational infrastructure and the use of our facilities.

The Foundation is a tax-exempt entity designed to supplement public funding with private donations and the volunteer efforts of our community. His efforts are dedicated to the transformative experiences offered by the beauty of the outdoors, including capital and landscape improvement, as well as park development and maintenance. It also supports efforts such as improving playgrounds and picnic areas, beautification projects and special community events. Most importantly, the Foundation provides financial assistance to resident families eligible for income for participation in youth activities through the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Program.

As the city has seen increased use, the Foundation continues its efforts to engage the community of Greenwich in raising funds to support its mission and activities. J.McLaughlin celebrates its 20th anniversary in Greenwich and donates 15% of its sales to the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation when buyers mention “Parks & Rec” at checkout until Sunday, October 24th.

“We are very grateful for the support from J. McLaughlin,” said Siciliano. “This event is a great example of the Foundation’s efforts to connect the community to fund a variety of experiences and enable us to provide first-class amenities.

J. McLaughlin Greenwich Store Manager Kristin Kidder said, “J. McLaughlin’s culture as a business is to be good neighbors by giving back to the community. It is at the heart of our corporate mission. We are happy to share our 20th anniversary in Greenwich with the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation.

For more information on this event, contact Sue Bodson, Foundation Board member at [email protected] or 203-249-7233.

For more information on the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation, visit https://www.towngreenwichprfoundation.org.

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