The inspiration for Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation (GPOSF) came out of the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis which forced cities everywhere to make difficult decisions in order to continue providing municipal services. Established as a private not for profit 501c3 corporation, GPOSF has through the years helped produce innovative fundraising efforts with which to fulfill its mission and support important parks programs in partnership with the City of Glendale. After the 2009 Station Fire burned through large parts of Deukmejian Wilderness Park in northern Glendale, GPOSF hosted “Art From The Ashes’, an art exhibition which featured pieces created from burned materials removed from the park and turned into stunning works of art by over 60 local and regional artists. Other events have included the annual Verdugo Mountains 10K Trail Run & Hike, Glendale Dodger Night and golf tournaments. More recently, the Foundation commissioned a local Glendale artist to create and install “Breath of a Deukmejian Day” a 26-foot glass mosaic which graces the amphitheater of Deukmejian Wilderness Park.
GPOSF has hosted numerous outdoor events including Brand Park Hike, Happy Tails on Happy Trails, and played an integral role in such programs as Walk on the Wild Side Nature Education Program, Glendale Youth Alliance, Glendale Outdoors (GO), One Glendale Youth After School Program and Club Maple.