About Us

"The mission of the Omaha Parks Foundation is to raise resources to provide a quality park system to enhance the lives of Omahans."

Our Priorities

Priorities of the Foundation and its Board of Directors include:

  • Inspire people across the entire community to elevate Omaha’s park system to a new level

  • Encourage a healthy quality of life for all residents and visitors

  • Support enhancement and accessibility to Omaha Parks, playgrounds, and trails

  • Be a resource for citizens to support the City of Omaha’s Parks and Recreation system by serving as a charitable conduit for donations

The Omaha Parks Foundation enlists the help of individuals, corporate donors, and other charitable foundations in our efforts to conserve and enhance our city’s parks and green spaces. Through our work, the Omaha Parks Foundation helps facilitate donations to community centers and several local projects, create awareness of issues that our parks, trails, and green spaces face, and help fulfill items from the city’s “wish list” of needs they are unable to fund.


Mission History

The City of Omaha Parks Department has created a dynamic parks and recreation system over the past 150 years. As the city has grown, so has the continued need for parks, trails, and playgrounds. Recognizing that the parks system is vital to improving the lives of all Omaha residents, enhancing economic development, and encouraging healthy lifestyles, the Omaha Parks Foundation was created in 2010.

In a time of high demand for government resources, the Omaha Parks Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 fulfilling the need for a private-public collaboration to improve Omaha's Parks. Although we work closely with the Omaha Parks & Recreation Department on many projects, we are a private-fiduciary partner to multiple government and non-profit institutions. A non-political volunteer Board of Directors governs the Foundation.


Omaha Parks Foundation Board of Directors

The Omaha Parks Foundation is led by an active Board of Directors and a Support Team

Ann Strauss Hosford, President

Debra Parsow, Vice President

Phil McHenry, Treasurer

James P. Waldron, Secretary

Liz Bisson, Board Member

Kevin Cory, Board Member

Mike DeBolt, Board Member

Matt Germonprez , Board Member

Tyler Gloe , Board Member

Zachary Lutz-Priefert, Board Member

Abraham Mora, Board Member

Support Members

Lorri Brockman, Administrative/Accounting Consultant/Jaguar Group

Brook Bench, City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Director

Kayla Clemens, City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Public Events Administrator

Marquette Ryan, City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Special Projects Coordinator