Friends of Branson Parks
If you are interested in making a contribution to the legacy of our parks, the Friends of the Branson Parks Fund provides an opportunity for a tax-exempt donation. In partnership with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, we have established a Friends of the Branson Parks Fund. Donors may securely contribute in multiple ways, including checks or credit cards. For more information, view the instructions here. The easiest way to donate to the Friends of the Branson Parks Fund is to go to the Community Foundation of Taney County web page where a donor may donate online to the fund. You will find the fund for "Friends of Branson Parks" in the drop-down list under the gift designation. All donors will receive a letter in the mail acknowledging your tax-exempt donation.
Donations to the Friends of Branson Parks Fund have made a great impact on our area and resulted in facilities such as the Elmo & Rosalea Marrs Dog Park, an Inclusive Playground, and batting cages at the RecPlex.
Please contact Parks & Recreation Director Cindy Shook at (417)335-2368 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibility of a donation toward a park improvement or other ways to give back to your community. Know that when you donate to the Friends of Branson Parks Fund, you are helping community members and Branson to be a better place to live and visit.
Projects Made Possible by Friends of Branson Parks
Pickleball Courts at Eiserman Park
Many thanks to the Branson Pickleball Club for their support and partnership to repurpose an outdoor basketball court and transform it into three pickleball courts at Eiserman Park. The Branson Pickleball Club worked to fundraise to help support the cost of the project, including new fencing and lights. The courts were opened to the public in the spring of 2020 and can be used year-round.
Inclusive Playground at the Branson RecPlex
Branson Parks and Recreation received a grant from Show Me Healthy Communities in 2017 for funds to create an inclusive playground. While the grant provided significant funds for the project, a large donation from the Pat Joyce Family Trust and Summer Winds Resorts made the whole project possible. The playground is the first of its kind in the Branson area and is specifically designed for children with special needs. While many playgrounds are ADA accessible, this unique, fully inclusive playground has elements that encourage emotional, cognitive, social, and sensory development for those with specific needs beyond physical handicaps. Since its creation, thousands of children have been able to enjoy this great playground. Many thanks to Pat Joyce Family Trust as well as CoxHealth of Branson for your support for this wonderful playground.
Batting Cages at the RecPlex Ballfield Complex
Through the support of the Fogle Family Foundation, the Branson Parks Department was able to construct two batting cages at the RecPlex Ball Field Complex in the spring of 2017. The batting cages have been heavily utilized by thousands of youth and adults who participate in ballfield programs and events. Many thanks to Nolan & Babette Fogle for their generous donation.
Elmo and Rosalea Marrs Memorial Dog Park
The Elmo and Rosalea Marrs Memorial Dog Park has been an exciting addition to the community ever since its opening in April 2014. The fundraising for the Dog Park was a community effort and took several fundraising events before a donor stepped forward. Mr. David Marrs made a large donation to build the Dog Park in memory of his parents, who visited Branson and loved dogs. Today, the Elmo and Rosalea Marr Memorial Dog Park is enjoyed by over 300 local yearly members and visitors.