Who we are

The PARC Foundation of Thurston County is dedicated to preserving the vital green spaces of our natural surroundings, expanding and supporting works of art and artists in our community, ensuring all citizens have access to recreational opportunities and celebrating cultural activity in Thurston County.

In partnership with local Parks and Recreation jurisdictions, the PARC Foundation of Thurston County seeks to create and sustain engaging and educational activities and events for kids, families, and seniors.  Additionally, the Foundation seeks to develop and maintain financial resources in order to leave a legacy of Parks, Arts, Recreation, and Cultural programs for present and future citizens of Thurston County to enjoy.

The PARC Foundation of Thurston County partners with local, county, state, and civic organizations, business leaders, philanthropists, educators, and individual contributors.

Over the last 15 years, PARC Foundation has donated over $700,000 to worthy programs and projects. Last year, for example, it was instrumental in providing $10,000 to the City of Olympia for trail development in Priest Point Park. It gave four-digit grants to Capital City Chorus, the City of Lacey’s Summer Lunch and Playground Pals program, Lacey Loves to Read, City of Olympia’s Summer Teen Adventure Program, Tenino Oregon Trail Days, Tenino Quarry Pool, the City of Tumwater’s Summer Camp Cascadia, Tumwater School District’s Fresh Summer Youth Gardening program, Tumwater Senior Choir and several scholarship funds, in addition to numerous smaller grants.