Mission and History

The Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation's mission is "To aid and contribute to the City of Orinda's recreational and community service activities related to parks, open space, beautification efforts and community recreational improvements."

The Foundation was founded in 1975, before Orinda was incorporated as a city, for the purpose of raising and receiving funds for the establishment and maintenance of public recreations facilities in the Orinda area. During over 40 years of OPR Foundation's existence, many notable Orindians have served on our board and we have financially supported countless local organizations in their efforts to further enhance the community's natural resources and benefit the lives of Orinda's residents in a variety of ways.   The Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

The California Park and Recreation Society awarded its 2012 Champion of the Community Award to OPR Foundation for our support of parks and recreation since 1975.    
The Orinda City Council recognized the OPR Foundation in 2015 for its 40 years of contributions to the community.    

We Regularly Fund or Help Fund

As part of our annual grant budget, we are dedicated to the support of these programs:
  • Summer Concerts in the Community Center Park
  • Family Movie Nights in the Community Center Park
  • Orinda's 4th of July parade and festivities
  • Purchase of public art through the Art in Public Places Committee
  • Programs for teens organized by the Orinda Teen Council
  • Field trips for seniors organized by the Orinda Seniors
  • Music programs at the Lamorinda Adult Respite Care facility
  • Norcal Kids Triathlon sponsored by the Orinda Community Foundation

Through a periodic generous contribution from an anonymous Orinda resident, we have also been able to financially support the activities of these local organizations:
  • Lamorinda Art Council
  • Orinda Historical Society
  • Orinda Junior Women's Club
  • Four garden clubs in the Lamorinda area
  • Orinda-Tabor Sister City Foundation
  • Orinda Library's Summer Reading and Paws-to-Read programs   

Our Board of Directors

Our Advisory Board

Our board of directors meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:30am. Check our calendar for the location...either in the Orinda City Hall or at the Library. All interested residents of our community are cordially invited to attend.

Current board members are:

  • Lee Bressette
  • Tom Lavin
  • Carolyn Mills
  • Julie Rossiter
  • Bill Wadsworth
  • Alison Zamanian
  • ​Mark Feldkamp
  • ​Elizabeth Lewis

Some prominent community members have voiced their strong support of our mission and agreed to serve on our Advisory Board.

Current Advisory Board members are:

  • Steve Glazer - State Senator and former Orinda City Council member
  • Sue Severson - Co-founder of the Orinda Community Foundation and former Orinda City Council member
  • Michael Karp - Owner of Wild Magnolia and The Fourth Bore restaurants in Theatre Square
  • Marianne Aude - Past President of the Orinda Park & Recreation Foundation
  • Frank Darling - Past President of the Orinda Rotary Club
  • Charlie Vollmar - Chef and past Board member of the OPR Foundation