The Department of Parks and Recreation’s (Department) mission is to provide, protect, and preserve regional parklands for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. Partnerships with individuals, community organizations, local businesses and other agencies is a powerful way to match enthusiasms and resources to provide greater public benefit. The Department’s 2018 Strategic Plan provides guidance to the development of parks and programs (to learn more please click here). All partnerships must serve a park purpose from recreation to natural resource stewardship to public education.
A partnership is a working relationship between organizations with compatible values and goals and that results in mutual benefits. The partnership may be formed around a single activity or event, or it may be long-term and multi-faceted. Partnering with us does not necessarily include a financial commitment. Many of our partnerships are non-financial and require only an exchange of services and/or facility usage. This is negotiable based on the interests of both parties.
How to become a Park Partner
In general, the Department of Parks and Recreation is open to proposals, new ideas, new programs and services and/or potential investments to park facilities or programs. Interested potential partners can explore the following approaches to collaboration with the department.
Donate to parks and programs
The Santa Clara County Parks Department values public support from individuals, foundations, corporations, non-profit organizations, service clubs, and other entities, and seeks to foster philanthropic contributions through recognition of community support. The Park Partner Program MOU establishes a connection between the department and organizations seeking to fundraise to support the development and enhancement of parks, opens spaces, trails, programs and events in the regional park system.
Propose an innovative recreational or educational use of park land
Public Benefit Proposals – use of an existing park facility or new development on park land – are accepted year-round and reviewed quarterly for compatibility with the Department strategic plan, related park master plans, and existing priorities. Proposals must provide a recreational and/or educational amenity that supports park staff and benefits visitors.
Public Benefit Proposal Form
This is the first stop for submitting a proposal for an amenity or use of park land. Please read the form in its entirety.