Pacific Parklands Foundation is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2000 to raise funds for the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. While maintenance and operations are publicly funded, there is a gap between what government provides and what parks need. Pacific Parklands Foundation acts as a catalyst to unite the community – government, businesses, community leaders, individuals, and other non-profit organizations – to improve, sustain, and protect Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Their unique partnership with Metro Vancouver means that:
- Only the highest priority projects within the regional parks system are selected;
- There is a guarantee of experts on-site when important stewardship and restoration projects are undertaken; and
- Their administrative costs are covered so virtually entire donations go directly towards supporting and enhancing regional parks.
Healthy parks = healthy people + strong communities. Regional parks enrich the quality of life and play an important role in defining Metro Vancouver. These parks provide significant habitat for many fish and wildlife species and represent a substantial inventory (~14,575 ha) of the natural and semi-natural habitat in the region. Pacific Parklands Foundation works to make the parks system the best it can be, for now and for future generations.
Donations to the Foundation are distributed to a variety of projects, including those that:
- Protect our parks from invasive species
- Conserve and restore important wildlife habitat
- Educate and empower youth to become environmental leaders
- Ensure that our parks are accessible to people facing barriers to accessing parks (i.e. physical and financial barriers)
- Build a strong future for regional parks