Mission & Vision
The mission of the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation is “to preserve Mason’s livability by raising funds to enhance and expand our community’s parks, trails and recreation programs and to provide access and opportunity for all.”
Major areas of focus for the Foundation include:
- Providing fully accessible and inclusive parks, recreation centers and activities.
- Providing scholarships for children from low-income families to allow for participation in a variety of community sponsored educational and recreational activities.
- Creating a brick dedication program.
- Serving the community by assisting with facility improvements and improving the appeal of the area and overall quality of life.
- Serving as a resource for other organizations and communities on how to create optimal all-inclusive and accessible playgrounds.
Since its establishment in 2006, the Foundation has succeeded in raising general awareness of its mission, securing support from sponsors, donors, and the state of Ohio, as well as implementing several special events and activities, raising more than $400,000. These funds cover the organization’s operating expenses, startup needs for its Common Ground playground project and scholarships for children with disabilities to attend community programs.
The Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation was founded as a nonprofit (501(c)3) organization by Rachel Kopfler, Board President and mother of five children. One of Rachel’s sons has a rare spinal cord defect and one has autism. She has experienced the challenges of disabilities first hand, and has seen how much her children have benefited from her own family dynamics that create daily unstructured, real-life developmental situations. After realizing there wasn’t a playground in or near Mason that her entire family could enjoy together, Rachel and other community members secured support from the City of Mason to build Common Ground, which is the Foundation’s largest project to date.