Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Director Dan McCaffrey said, "the support by the community this past year has again been tremendous.
Business, civic organizations, and private individuals have made a huge difference in supporting the mission of our department.
In these times, more and more people are recognizing the value of our programs and facilities, and the constant battle we face with the budgetary problems of the City.
It's very rewarding to see the community rally year after year in support of our efforts."
According to McCaffrey
, the majority of these donations specifically support youth recreation programs and minimizes the costs of these programs to the participants.
In addition, many donations are earmarked for local parks.