Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation
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Department of Parks & Recreation
200 South Hamilton Road
Gahanna, OH 43230
Mr. Lee Tucker  
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Board Chair
Mr. Lee Tucker
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Improve the quality of the parks and recreation services for a healthier community in Gahanna.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We provided Gahanna youth with 34 weeks of summer camp through Foundation scholarship funding.

  • We gave $1,000 to the new Gahanna Learning Gardens outreach program with the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

  • We sponsored Arbor Day by donating 500 seedling trees to students at Goshen Lane Elementary School and Middle School South.

  • We dedicated a public mosaic art piece bench titled We Live Here at Creekside Park.


  • We will continue to increase awareness of the benefits of Gahanna’s parks and recreation system, and support the department through increased communications and marketing.

  • We will engage residents and visitors in our parks and recreation system through opportunities to support programs through volunteering, contributing, and partnering.

  • We will seek opportunities to foster sustainability for the department and its initiatives, including the long-term sustainability of the Foundation.

Background Statement

Established in 2008, the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Gahanna residents, businesses, and the surrounding community about the importance of parks and recreation services, and to promote programs and facilities essential to making Gahanna a great place to live, work, and play. The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of Gahanna's 51 community parks, mini parks, open space parks, and athletic facilities, as well as the range of shelter rentals, community athletic leagues, summer camps, golf course, and adult and youth recreation services to support a healthier community.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible. The Foundation is guided by a committee of community volunteers dedicated to protect, nurture, and grow parks and recreation opportunities for the benefit of the 34,000 Gahanna residents. These efforts are implemented by the City of Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation.



Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 16 
Staff Retention Rate:


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 5
Current Plan Adopted 1/2012
Additional Organization Information

Since the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation seeks to support parks and recreation efforts through out the community, it depends on partners to help reach those goals. The Gahanna area youth sports organizations are able to provide youth scholarships to program participants in need based on the collaboration between the leagues. In addition, the Foundation works with area schools to promote art education and public art efforts.


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Lee Tucker,
Board Chair Term 1/2015 -  12/2017  
Board Members
Mr. Lee Bailey,  
Ms. Rita Corbin,  
Ms. Sarah Farley,  
Mr. Lew Griffin,  
Mr. Kelly Law,  
Mr. Eric Miller,  
Mrs. Jan Ross,  
Mr. Mike Underwood,  
Mrs. Kelley Zuder,  
Mrs. Sarah Mill , Non-Voting
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually 12 
Board Meeting Attendance 82% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 109%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 18%
Gender Female 44%
  Male 56%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 100%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Program Scholarship

The Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation believes all residents of Gahanna should have the ability to access recreation programs and services. The Foundation dedicates funding to provide program scholarship funds to area youth, families, and adults in need. Last year, the Foundation awarded 34 scholarships for Gahanna youth to attend Camp Friendship.

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Park and Facility Improvement

The Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation seeks to connect donors with opportunities to improve the parks and facilities of the Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation. Trail construction and playground expansion offer opportunities for donors to get involved. Last year, the Foundation donated 500 seedling trees to sponsor Arbor Day at local area schools. 

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Gahanna Public Art

The Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation celebrates the creative and cultural heritage of Gahanna through public art activities and events. Examples include the Gahanna History Mural that commemorates the historical monuments that shape the history of this community: from the Log House and the Mill House to the Olde Gahanna High School and the Big Walnut Creek Bridge. The mural reflects the personal history of many families, and features settlement stories about the founding of Gahanna, including lesser-known facts about the community such as the Big Walnut Country Club and its ties to Columbus. The mural is art that belongs to the community and its future generations.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $40,200
Projected Expense $38,150
Endowment Fund Yes
Value $20,757
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Direct Support $12,590  $21,305  $835 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $12,590  $21,305  $835 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $27,086  $24,261  $24,377 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events
TOTAL REVENUE $39,676  $45,566  $25,212 

Expense by Type

  2014   2013   2012  
Programs $35,998  $31,572  $17,677 
Administration $480  $242  $2,902 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $36,478  $31,814  $20,579 

Assets and Liabilities

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Assets $110,505  $96,613  $48,823 
Current Assets $45,423  $41,528  $20,935 
Total Liabilities $40,769  $35,311  $26,378 
Current Liabilities $40,769  $35,311  $26,378 
NET ASSETS $69,736  $61,302  $22,445 


TCF Staff:

All portrait information is provided voluntarily by nonprofit organizations. An organization may decline to participate. At a minimum, information is updated annually--sometimes more frequently. Documents indicated as available by an organization are verified by Foundation staff. The financial section is completed by Foundation staff based on available documents for a three-year period.