Our Story

Healthy regional parks help build strong, happy communities
Pacific Parklands Foundation Our Mission

OUR MISSION

Working in partnership to enhance and protect our regional parks for future generations.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Our Vision

OUR VISION

Our vision is for a healthy, dynamic regional park system, loved and supported by the community, and protected and enhanced for future generations.

OUR VALUES

Pacific Parklands Foundation Leadership
LEADERSHIP

Understanding that a strong future for our parks takes leadership, we strive with vision and determination to ensure that our parks are the best they can possibly be and to foster programs that help create future environmental leaders.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Partnership
PARTNERSHIP

We work in partnership with Metro Vancouver and act as a champion for regional parks and their community support.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Integrity Accountability
INTEGRITY & ACCOUNTABILITY

We are an open, responsive, independent organization with the highest level of integrity and accountability.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Inspiration
INSPIRATION

We are inspired by the knowledge that our parks and natural spaces play a vital role in the quality of community life. We seek to inspire others to join us.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Protection
PROTECTION

We believe our regional parks, greenways, and conservation areas are precious ecological treasures that must be stewarded for the future.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Philanthropy
PHILANTHROPY

We believe that donors and volunteers have a critical role to play in preserving our regional parks and ensuring that they are truly accessible.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Legacy
LEGACY

Our regional parks present a singular opportunity for today’s donors to protect the natural environment for future generations. Our legacy will be an organization that provides leadership and builds community support for regional parks.

OUR HISTORY

Fifteen years ago, a small group of people passionate about protecting our green space for future generations, created the Pacific Parklands Foundation.

While maintenance and operations are publicly funded, there is a gap between what government provides and what our parks need.

In January of 2000, a group of committed entrepreneurs and corporate leaders came together with the common goal of bridging the gap. They established the Pacific Parks Foundation with a focus on raising funds for and awareness of the lower mainland’s regional parks.

“What people give their time and money to is an indication of what is important to them.”

Rich Hankin

Pacific Parklands Foundation supports special projects and partner groups in enhancing and expanding our parks system. We also support youth groups like catching the spirit, whose programs explore environmental stewardship and leadership, inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.

Since the first donation from Morris Wosk and his son Mordehai Wosk in 2001, the foundation has contributed significant funding to projects throughout the regional park system and has created a track record of success.

Pacific Parklands Foundation will continue to work and strategize with Metro Vancouver, its park partners and donors to ensure a long and healthy future for our regional parks and our communities.

OUR PARTNERS

Metro Vancouver funds ongoing maintenance and operations of the Regional Park System and the Pacific Parklands Foundation works to bridge the gap between government funding and the pressing demands on the region’s recreation and conservation spaces.

Our unique partnership with Metro Vancouver ensures that we only select the highest priority projects within the park system, and guarantees we have experts on-site when we undertake important stewardship and restoration projects.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Park Partners
PARK PARTNERS

Boundary Bay Park Association
Burnaby Lake Park Association
Derby Reach Brae Island Park Association
Minnekhada Park Association
Pacific Spirit Park Society
Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society
Campbell Valley Park Association
Colony Farm Park Association

OUR VISIONARIES

“The good man is the friend of all living things.”

Gandhi
 
Dr. M Wosk Fund
George Ross Fund
Gordon Smith Fund
Martini Family
 

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