Mission: Pima County, Arizona established its Parks and Recreation Department in 1947 to serve urban and rural residents and guests by providing leisure-time destinations and services. As the rapidly growing community has stretched public funds thinner and thinner, parks have often come last in line. And as a government body, Pima County Parks and Recreation is not empowered to accept donations of money or goods, even though people are often eager to donate to help their local park.
So, in 1987 a group of concerned volunteers founded the Pima County Parklands Foundation. Its mission is "to protect and enhance the parks of Pima County, Arizona: this includes funding park improvements, the acquisition of parklands, and the enhancement and enlargement of recreation programs."
The mission statement continues: "We wish to preserve and protect the environment for present and future generations, and it is our desire to work with and aid anyone, organization or individual, urban or rural, with similar objectives. Our part of the world is changing dramatically; we with the Pima County Parklands Foundation want to anticipate the pressure of development on our parks and to plan accordingly."