Established in 1988 as a means to provide support for Merriam's recreation facilities, programs, and parks, the Foundation has provided more than $175,000 to support the Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation’s largest fundraising activity is the annual Flags4Freedom event, held during the week of July 4.
Individuals or groups wanting to contribute in honor or memory of a loved one should contact Anna Slocum by email or call 913-322-5550 for more information.
The American flags, which have flown during the Fourth of July Flags4Freedom event in downtown Merriam, are available for public displays. To download a copy of the Merriam Parks & Recreation & Community Center Foundation flag usage policy, click here(PDF, 342KB).
Our recent projects include:
Program and membership scholarships for low income Merriam residents
Sponsorship of Flags4Freedom event
Benches at Brown and Chatlain Playgrounds
Sponsorship of Merriam Drive Live
Sponsorship of the Heartland Purchase Award
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.