To Our Great Community,

We hope that everyone is staying safe and faring well during these trying times in our Country and in our State. We understand that for many, daily life and routines have been upset and we find ourselves in uncharted waters. It is our sincere hope that things will return to normal as quickly as possible and that our Community will emerge better and stronger having weathered a crisis together.

Many are not aware that our funding comes from four primary sources – the tax base (~50%), private grants and donations (~5%), program fees (~25%) and facility rentals (~20%). This week, as we have considered the financial impact of the effectual shut down of the economy as it relates to the District, it has become apparent that 25% of our funding is temporarily gone in program fees, along with 20% more in facility rentals. Additionally, another 5% is in jeopardy with the uncertainty of private grants and donations as many individuals, businesses and and organizations are taking a direct hit to their bottom line. The District has been impacted by this for sometime beyond the current pandemic as our economy recovers. Because of this, and in our effort to steward the limited resources of the District as effectively and efficiently as we are able, we have come to the difficult decision to shut down our offices to follow the state mandates.  We are only taking appointments at this time. We do have some of our programs up and running but they are limited. Please follow our Facebook page for our most updated information.Our mindset is positive as we move forward, staying connected with the community we care for so deeply. We understand that it may take time for us to get back to where we were, but we are determined to move forward. We have a responsibility to our Community to wisely steward our resources for the benefit of all, and that is what we are doing, to the best of our ability. We’re thankful for a great Community of people who support us and we will continue to serve the great people of South County!

For now, we are working with a limited staff who are out in the parks and working with limited hours. Please be patient as phone messages may take a bit longer for a response. A great way to contact us is via email at info@lapineparks.org. Also, you can stay up-to-date by liking our Facebook Page. Should you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We are here for the Community and look forward to when things return to normal.

 

Karen Miller, Executive Director

LPRD Board of Directors