2015 was another successful year for Parks Foundation Calgary with revenue for operations exceeding expenses, and milestones in each of our core programs and in the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway major capital project.
Through our Building Communities Program template, another 11 playground projects were completed, valued at more than $2 million. This brings the total number of projects constructed under this grant program to 111 since it was initiated in 2009.
Applications to our Amateur Sport Grant Program increased by 21% over the previous year. Over the year, 68 memorial benches were sponsored – the largest annual number since the Bench Dedication Program began in 1990. Once again, we achieved remarkable progress on the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway project. By year-end 2015, the 138 km Greenway park and pathway network was 93% complete with only 10 km of pathway remaining to be constructed. The title sponsorship of Calgary and area Rotary Clubs and Mattamy Homes is a key factor in the acceleration of Parks Foundation Calgary’s largest project in its three decade history. The final $2 million needed to complete this iconic project is a high priority and the subject of government funding proposals currently in circulation. There is one key reason for the success this foundation continues to achieve: the partnerships that have been forged with every sector of our community. Those who share our vision and join in our efforts are the backbone of our organization. We are indebted to each and every one of our partners. We recognize in particular, the City of Calgary and Government of Alberta for their on-going support.
We thank Jim Davidson, Fund-Raising Chairman for his contributions to the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, as well as the dozens of corporations and individuals who support this major capital project. Calgary-area residential developers are also key donors, providing in-kind building support for a large percentage of the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway project.
Finally, we can accomplish nothing without our wonderful volunteers, some of whom have supported Parks Foundation Calgary for many years. Specifically, we thank the members of our Board of Governors, Finance Committee, Amateur Sport Grant Committee and Advisory Council.
In this, our 31st year of operation, we are proud to continue to play a part in making Calgary one of the best places in the world to live.