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Merriam Parks & Recreation & Community Center Foundation
Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation is an independent, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization which directly benefits City of Merriam park and recreation programs in addition to the Irene B. French Community Center. 
Founded in 1988 by individuals interested in the development and continued growth of the renovated community center, the Foundation continues to work toward a common goal of providing funding for programs and equipment which could not otherwise be acquired.

The American flags which have flown during the Fourth of July Fields For Freedom event in downtown Merriam ( are available for rent. To download a copy of the Merriam Parks & Recreation & Community Center Foundation flag rental policy, click here.

Our recent projects include:
Replacement of community center gym floor.
Program and membership scholarships for low income Merriam residents.
Professional wall covering and lighting for the art gallery.
Sponsorship of Flags 4 Freedom event.
Game room furniture.
Sound system and stage curtains for the auditorium/gymnasium.
Fitness Center equipment.
Audiovisual equipment and enhancements.
Sponsorship of Summer concerts at the Merriam Marketplace.
Sponsorship of the Streamway Park Art Show.
Donation of art for City of Merriam facilities.
In 2003, the Irene B. French Giving Tree was established by the Foundation to recognize individuals and community partners who donate financial support. 
The Giving Tree also offers an opportunity for gifts in honor or in memory of a family member or friend. All donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in supporting the works of the foundation, please contact the Merriam Parks & Recreation Department at 913.322.5550.