General Information

Mission: To provide resources to deliver the benefits of park and recreation to all Iowa communities
Vision: To build a better Iowa through parks and recreation
What is the IFPR?  

Golf Outing:  typically, a 4 person scramble is held in late August to help raise funds to conduct or host events and scholarships

Board recruitment:

The Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation annually welcomes IPRA members that have an interest in serving on the Foundation board, to contact the Nominating Committee with a brief description of professional experience and desire to serve.  The Foundation, founded in 1987, has a mission to provide resources to deliver the benefits of parks and recreation to all.  Current foundation projects include sponsorship of young professionals through the leadership institute, regional network gatherings, as well as grants to attend IPRA and NRPA training events.  As a non-for-profit organization, the Foundation relies entirely on the generosity of our donors to help continue our work.

Board Overview

Board Application (fillable)

Board Expectations

Upcoming activities:
  • Founded in November, 1987 as an Iowa non-profit corporation
  • Articles of Incorporation (PDF)
  • Bylaws (PDF)

Successful Past Projects:  

  • Assistance to IPRA to print the history of IPRA’s First 50 Years
  • $2,500 donation to the Ahrens Institute for the National Recreation and Park Association Headquarters
  • Award of one scholarship from 1997-2007 raising the amount from $600 in the first year to $1,000 in 2007
  • Led a three-year, $50,000 fundraising initiative towards renovations and $8,000 towards a maintenance fund for a home in Grinnell (gifted by the Ahrens Foundation) to become the headquarters for the Iowa Park and Recreation Association and the Iowa Amateur Softball Association

Highlights of Current Projects and Activities:

  • Start-up funding towards the IPRA Public Awareness Campaign, Parks Grow Healthy Communities  with ongoing partnership
  • Provide Terry Trueblood IPRA Conference Fellowships( named in his honor)
  • Provide 1/2 the funding with IPRA funding towards an NRPA Fellowship awarded on a competitive basis
  • Provide funding towards a display booth at the Iowa League of Cities Conference, since 2009
  • Provide support to the Annual Leadership Institute

Fundraising Events:

  • Annual Foundation Golf Outing and Auction is the primary fundraising event.  
Your generous tax deductible gift will be an investment in the park and recreation profession as well as an investment in the betterment of Iowa communities.
How to Donate:
Donations are received by the Treasurer and Registered Agent, Mr. Gil Spence
Exempt Status: The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and is exempt from federal income tax.  All contributions are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Gil Spence
Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation
975 Grove Terrace
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Foundation Board Members:
President -                                                                                         
Terry Hoffman, CPRP, Project Coordinator
Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation and Public Properties
209 Pearl Street
Phone:  712-328-4650
Term Expires: 4-1-18
Vice President -
Pete Downs
Waterloo Tent and Awning
3105 Airport Road
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Phone: 319-234-4679
Term Expires: 4-1-17
Secretary -
Kathleen Guyer, Director
West Union Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 151
West Union, Iowa   52175
Phone:  563-422-3685
Term Expires:  4-1-16
Treasurer -
Patrick Prevenas, Retired
790 Valentine Drive
Dubuque, IA   52003
Phone: NA
Term Expires:  4-1-18
Doug Bylund - Director
Indianola Parks and Recreation
2204 West 2nd Avenue
Indianola, Iowa 50125
Phone: 515-961-9420
Term Expires: 4-1-16
Angie Cole, CPRP, Recreation Superintendent
Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation
2000 Mt. Vernon Rd., SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa   52402
Phone: 319.286.5734
Term Expires: 4-1-18
Matthew Eckhardt
Aquatics Supervisor
Iowa City Parks and Recreation
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
Term Expires:  4-1/2018
Doug Foley, Director
Manchester Parks and Recreation
208 E. Main Street
Manchester, IA    52057
Phone: 563-927-3636
Term Expires:  4-1-17
Terry Gray, CPRP, Retired
Marshalltown, Iowa
Term Expires: 4-1-16
Ryan Maehl, Recreation Director
Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation, and Forestry
Term Expires:  4-1-2017
Michael Moran, CPRP, Retired
Term Expires:  4-1-2017
Jennifer Pospichal, Owner
Outdoor Recreation Products
1055  North 205th St.
Elk Horn, NE  68022
Phone:  402-289-0400
Term Expires: 4-1-18
Adam Spangler, Director
Tipton Recreation Department
407 Lynn Street
Tipton, IA   52772
Phone:  563-886-4271
Term Expires: 4-1-2017
Ward Stubbs, Retired
1916 Ashland Ave.
Cedar Falls, Iowa   50613
Term Expires: 4-1-16
Advisory Members
Mark Jennings
University of iowa
310 Carver Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, Iowa  52242
Phone:  319-335-8874
Jerry Gazaway
Ahrens Manufacturing
1703 S. 6th St.
Marshalltown, Iowa  50158
Steve Jordison, CEO
Iowa Park and Recreation Association
1534 Penrose Street
Grinnell, Iowa 50112
Phone: 641-236-3917
Term Expires: represents Iowa Park and Recreation Association as its executive director




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