Friends of the Park


  • To help children thrive and to build, strengthen and sustain individual family and community life.

Goals of the Organization

  • Connect people and enrich lives
  • To provide activities for the Centralia area youth that promote: Sportsmanship, Family Values/Fun, Fitness and Education
  • Provide fundraising, financial assistance, and general support to Centralia Parks and Rec.


  • Membership is open to all individuals in sympathy with its purpose.
  • Meetings/Minutes open to public.  Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Centralia Recreation Center

Community Betterment

  • Scholarships
    • up to a $1,000 scholarship given to Centralia High School seniors
  • Community Sponsorship
  • Family-centered enrichment events
  • Educational Encouragement


  • Cornhole Tournament
  • Fall Ball (Family Date Night)
  • Movie Nights
  • Santa Breakfast


  • Centralia Friends of the Park (CFP) is a Missouri non profit organization, and is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization.
  • Overall betterment of the community and youth through the various educational and athletic programs led by CFP.
  • Many volunteer opportunities within the organization to help benefit youth in the community.

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Contact us!  Centraliafriendsofthepark [at]

The reorganization and combination of the duties and responsibilities previously held individually by the Centralia Friends of the Park and the Optimist Club of Centralia have created a great opportunity within the community to incorporate more opportunities for growth and advancement for Centralia’s youth.