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Programs and Projects

Foundation Programs and Projects:

The Bocce Ball Courts in Carmichael Are Now Open!

The Carmichael Recreation and Park District and the Carmichael Parks Foundation are delighted to announce that the Bocce Ball Courts in Carmichael are now open, although with some limitations due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The courts are a tribute to the late Shirley Pennington Simi, who lived in the Carmichael area for over 50 years. Shirley was dedicated to this community and was extremely proud of her Tuscan heritage so she wanted to share her passion for Bocce Ball with all of the residents in this region. It is because of her generous financial support that this project got started. Shirley’s famiglia and friends, as well as other Bocce fans in the community, generously contributed to the Shirley Simi Memorial Bocce Fund, established in her memory when she passed away in 2018

The courts are a tribute to the late Shirley Pennington Simi, who lived in the Carmichael area for over 50 years. Shirley was dedicated to this community and was extremely proud of her Tuscan heritage so she wanted to share her passion for Bocce Ball with all of the residents in this region. It is because of her generous financial support that this project got started. Shirley’s famiglia and friends, as well as other Bocce fans in the community, generously contributed to the Shirley Simi Memorial Bocce Fund, established in her memory when she passed away in 2018

Located near Carmichael Park’s North Avenue entrance the courts are currently open to a limited number of players who must wear masks and maintain social distancing. No tournaments or league play are allowed at this time, but we enthusiastically look forward to that in the post-pandemic future.
An official Opening Ceremony will take place once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, come on out in the safety of your own pod of famiglia and friends and check out the new courts and amenities.

BYOB – Bring your own Balls!

Carmichael Cares Initiative

With the current limitations on recreational programs and activities, we’re looking at other ways we can support our community. One of these is our Carmichael Cares Initiative.

In partnership with the Carmichael Park District and the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael, we’re distributing activity kits to local kids and families so they can enjoy safe and fun recreational activities.

500 Arts and Craft Kits distributed in May.

250 Summer Fun Kits distributed in June and July.

Youth Scholarship Program

A core role, and part of the heart of the Foundation, is to provide scholarships to local children so they may participate in the Park District recreation programs. The Park District offers many youth programs, classes, and sports including Summer Day Camps, Kid’s Hangout After School Program, Tiny Tots, Baby Ballet, volleyball, basketball, flag football, and more. It is vital that children have the opportunity to be active, learn new skills, socialize, and have fun. These programs, classes, and sports offer a chance for children to do this, however, some families are unable to afford the participation costs. The Park Foundation is proud to be able to provide the funding needed to make sure every child who wants to play, can play.

The Foundation gives Carmichael families the help needed by covering 50% of program fees with the family only having to cover the balance. Families who live outside the Park District residency boundaries are also provided scholarships that cover 30% of program fees. If the family has more than one child participating in a program or class, the scholarship can cover up to 75% of the fees. Over the years, the Park Foundation has continued to grow the number of scholarships provided to local children.

In 2019, the Park Foundation funded 344 youth scholarships totaling over $17,600.

Kids Hangout After School Program

The Foundation designated the Kids Hangout After School Program located at the La Sierra Community Center as its signature project providing chrome books and an upgraded reading nook area. This Park District program averages 55 children per day who are transported to the program in District vans from eight local schools.  Partnering with the Rotary Club of Carmichael, the Kids Hangout also received new paint, chairs, and organizing supplies.

B St Theater Playwriting Program

The Foundation sponsors a week-long program during spring, summer and winter breaks where youth learn improvisation, acting, playwriting, storytelling and play theater games. The week culminates in a showcase review for family and friends. This is a rare opportunity for youth to learn from talented B.St professionals who bring the program to Carmichael.

Parks Beautification 

A percentage of proceeds from Dinner in the Park have been allocated to the Friends of Jensen Botanical Garden and the Carmichael Community Gardens at Sutter Park for ongoing beautification at these lovely sites.  Permanent park benches and picnic tables have been installed in Carmichael Park with the generous help of the Rotary Club of Carmichael.

Garfield House: 

The Foundation established the Karen Borman memorial fund to direct contributions to help restore the community club house and event center at Jensen Botanical Gardens. Karen was an educator and administrator in the San Juan Unified School District, a member of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District Advisory Board, the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and a good friend.