Programs and Projects

Foundation Programs and Projects:

Construction of Bocce Ball Courts Completed in Carmichael Park!

Beginning in 2017, the Carmichael Parks Foundation has partnered with the Carmichael Recreation and Park District on a project to build two Bocce Ball Courts at Carmichael Park. We are pleased to announce that construction of the courts has been completed!

Italian Cultural Society member and life-long Carmichael resident Shirley Simi contributed generously to the project. A memorial fund was established in her memory when she passed away in 2018. Completion of the courts was possible thanks to the many generous contributions designated to the Shirley Simi Memorial Bocce Fund during Dinner in the Park, Big Day of Giving, and All for Bocce fundraisers.

Note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions the Bocce courts will not be opened until we progress farther into the State’s tiered re-opening plan. It is not known if it is orange or yellow that will trigger the opening of the Bocce Ball Courts, but please know the Carmichael Recreation and Park District staff is in communication with the County of Sacramento to work towards a date the community can start using them. Please check back for future

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.

Bocce Ball Courts Project

The Foundation is partnering with the Park District and the family of Shirley Simi to build Bocce Ball courts in Carmichael Park. The District has the final plans and are starting to put the bid packet together so that the project can move forward. Fundraising has been successful, but we are still looking for donations to add more amenities to the project.

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.