The Back Story

Formerly the American Institute of Park Executives Academy Foundation and Trust, the American Parks & Recreation Foundation was born out of one simple idea – to advance the public parks and recreation services arena.

Together, past members and their American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) colleagues worked in unison to provide initial funds and actively serve as the founders for the foundation.

The Purpose

Driven by a vision to expand the park and recreation industry and profession, the foundation earmarks resources toward the following:  

Research - To conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.

Knowledge - To advance knowledge related to the administration of parks and recreation.

Education - To encourage educational resources to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration, and to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good.

Help expand the work of the foundation!
There are several ways to contribute, and your donations are tax-deductible (to the fullest extent of the law):

  • Cash contributions
  • Commemorative donations
  • Designated gifts
  • Fundraising support
  • Land or property donations
  • Last wills and testaments
  • Memorial donations