PO Box 3439, Wichita KS 67201   |   316-512-7525316-512-7525


We believe that every resident should have the opportunity to take part in public recreational programs and classes, which foster human development, promote health & wellness and increase cultural unity.

We do not currently have scholarships available and apologize for any hardships this may cause. We will post updates on this page when the next round of scholarship funding is available.

The Wichita Parks Foundation supports the mission of the Wichita Park & Recreation and recognizes the need within the community to provide assistance to families who otherwise could not afford to participate in summer programs. Annually, the Wichita Parks Foundation sets aside funds to help offset costs for children to attend Summer of Discovery programs at Edgemoor Recreation Center. This scholarship program is funded by the Wichita Parks Foundation, thanks to the generosity of the community.

This Summer of Discovery program is a licensed program through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which means families earning less than $45,000 per year are eligible for assistance through KDHE.  If you believe you are eligible for this assistance, please contact KDHE’s Department for Children and Families by calling 1-888-369-4777, or visit their website.  Families making over $45,000 per year are eligible for Foundation scholarships.   This scholarship will pay program fees at the following rates:

  • Up to 50% of program fees for 1st Child
  • Up to 75% of program fees for 2nd Child
  • 100% of program fees for 3rd+ Child(ren)

Applications and more information is available at the Edgemoor Recreation Center, or by contacting the Wichita Parks Foundation at info@wichitaparksfoundation.org.

The Wichita Parks Foundation has established a scholarship fund in an effort to ensure that Wichita children are not denied the benefits of public recreation due to the inability to pay. We believe that every resident should have the opportunity to take part in public recreational programs and classes, which foster human development, promote health and wellness and increase cultural unity.

As a new organization, we have established modest goals initially, identifying areas where there are gaps in available resources for families in need or under-served youths.

The activities in which we have chosen to focus are Youth Swim Lessons and Summer Activity Camps.

Youth Swim Lessons

Water is fun to play in, but presents a danger as well. Swim lessons are vital to equip children with the skills necessary to play in water safely. Our scholarship funds will be utilized to underwrite the cost of summer swim lessons for at-risk children at select City of Wichita pools.

Summer Activity Camps

Summer Activity Camps are a popular choice in many neighborhoods, providing a place for kids to go and be active during the summer months. Wichita Parks Foundation scholarship funds will be utilized to replace lost State and/ or Federal grant monies or supplement available grant funding at certain recreation centers where program utilization is highest.

Potential Funding Sources

  • Wichita Parks Foundation Fundraisers
  • Community Donations / Resources
  • Foundation / Corporate Support
  • Other Grant Sources (public and private)

For more information or to offer your contributions, contact:

Matt Townsend
Wichita Park & Recreation Department

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