Creating, enhancing, and sustaining innovative parks and recreation opportunities in Cedar Rapids


Join our “Friends of CR Parks” team today and support the enhancement and advancement of our great Cedar Rapids parks and recreation programs.


Take a look at the projects that are making a big difference on the parks system and recreation opportunities in Cedar Rapids!


Explore the many ways you can get involved with the Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation by attending one of our impactful community events!


The Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation is a grassroots volunteer citizens’ organization founded by members of the Cedar Rapids community who recognized a need to raise private funds for the Cedar Rapids park system for expansion and improvements.


Members of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Waterway commission; Parks Department and City Manager’s office were simultaneously looking for a solution to funding problems.


The Foundation rose out of these discussions and a desire to implement pieces of the city’s Master Plan and Greenway plans, as well as other projects.


The Foundation used privately sponsored projects such as Greene Square as an inspiration for what private groups can do to improve our city.