About Us

100% volunteer driven

Work closely with the city

Create & Sustain innovative parks

Enriching the CR community

Creating, enhancing and sustaining innovative parks and recreation opportunities in Cedar Rapids for all community members.

The CR Parks Foundation is a grass roots 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.

Addressing Community Concerns

Continuing to revitalize flood areas

Especially greenways

Increase Economic Opportunities

We’re here to cultivate more recreational variety to attract people to the area – in turn increasing economic opportunities in the Cedar Rapids Area.

Improve Trail Connectivity Through the City

Community Residents are looking for greater connectivity of trails throughout the city.

Why should you support us?

Completely Volunteer

Funding goes Directly to Projects

City Supported - But independent of politics & pet projects

New Recreational Opportunities for Citizens

Creating healthy environment and lifestyle

Can be used as umbrella for friends groups

Board of Directors

Laurie Worden, President
Community Volunteer/Career Coach

Steve White, Secretary 
Commercial Realtor
Skogman Realty

Heather Visser, Treasurer
Assistant Controller
ImOn Communications

Jackie Thompson-Oster, Vice-President
Director of Site Development
College of Pharmacy
University of Iowa

Samantha McGrane 
Project Manager
United Fire Group

Patrick Alvord

Duane Jasper
Owner and CEO
Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited

Jenny Skogman
Licensed Realtor in the State of Iowa, Skogman Realty

Matt Mitchell
Director of Marketing
Police Legal Sciences

Esther O’Donnell, website managing
Community Volunteer