Bobcat celebrates its 65th anniversary with park improvement grant

Bobcat Company’s T86 compact track loader cuts brush
Bobcat Company’s new T86 compact track loader.

To celebrate its 65th anniversary, Bobcat Company and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) are partnering to supprt community park and recreation areas.

Through the NRPA partnership, Bobcat will create five $50,000 grants to support park improvement projects in designated communities throughout the United States.

As well, Bobcat will support the grant recipients use of its compact equipment lineup as applicable on project sites.

“Bobcat is committed to investing time and resources for the betterment of our world, and these grant opportunities align with our community building initiatives and focus on sustainability,” said Mike Ballweber, President of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are humbled to support these efforts and serve as a catalyst for cultivating resilient communities throughout the U.S.”  

Eligible projects may support various restoration, beautification or enhancement activities focused on climate readiness, native habitat restoration, trails maintenance or development, pollinator habitats, green stormwater infrastructure, sports fields and more. 

NRPA is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities with a focus on positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness and overall health and wellbeing. NRPA’s network of professionals and advocates provide essential services and confront pressing issues such as advancing mental and physical health, creating climate-ready parks, supporting equity and inclusion and more.  

“We are thrilled to partner with Bobcat to showcase the power of parks and recreation,” said Kristine Stratton, President and CEO of NRPA. “Park and recreation professionals are champions in addressing so many of our most pressing challenges and are key to building stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities.”

In alignment with NRPA’s equitable grantmaking criteria, the grant evaluation process will prioritize sustainability needs and focus on communities with a moderate to high level of vulnerability by evaluating social factors such as poverty, housing, transportation access and the community’s vulnerability to natural or manmade disasters.

“At Bobcat, we are committed to supporting the communities where our customers, dealers and employees live and work,” said Laura Ness Owens, Doosan Bobcat Vice President of global brand and North American marketing.

“Bobcat is a proud supporter of the National Recreation and Park Association. Together we aim to build infrastructure at the community level, drive best practices and spread awareness of the power of parks and recreation.”

To learn more about NRPA, visit