The Adopt-A-Park program will allow for maintenance and beautification of a city parks through litter and debris removal by various persons and groups. The benefits to both the city and the groups involved are a litter-free and more attractive environment and recognition for the adopting groups.
A group of individuals from the community agree to adopt a specific park or specified location in a larger park to perform debris and litter removal (clean up) at the adopted location at least 12 times per year, The Parks and Recreation Department (hereinafter referred to as "Department") will provide latex gloves, trash bags and collection of the litter bags after the clean up. The Department will also erect a recognition sign identifying the group at the park.
The Department has identified specific parks that will be part of the Adopt-A-Park program. Some parks will be excluded from this list as determined by the Department due to safety, economics, logistics, designated undeveloped parks or other issues specific to park properties. Large parks may have specific areas designated for clean-up efforts. A maximum number of groups that can adopt one park may be designated due to size, usage, or other issues specific to a park.
Groups from the community will be invited to participate in the program. Groups must have at least six individuals to be qualified for the program. The group may include both children and adults, with a ratio of at least one adult per 6 children.
For-profit groups that are accepted into the Adopt-A-Park program will be charged a $100 non-refundable program fee to help defray costs. There is no program fee for non-profit groups, school groups, family groups and the like as determined by the Department.
Groups that wish to adopt a park or park location for litter and debris removal purposes should contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (772) 878-2277. The program will be coordinated at the direction of the Parks Operations.
An Adopt-a-Park application and agreement will be sent to the group representative. The group should review the program information and decide if they can comply with the requirements. Groups desiring to participate in the Adopt-A-Park program will complete, sign and return the application/agreement.
As per this agreement, the group agrees to adopt a park, or portion thereof, for performing debris and litter removal a minimum of 12 times per year. Efforts should be made to schedule one of the clean-ups to coincide with a state or national clean-up day. The group understands that they are to perform debris and litter removal activities only. Any projects involving anything other than this, such as exotic plant removal, must be pre-approved by the Department upon written request at least one month prior to the date of the proposed clean-up. The group agrees to only allow such persons to participate as are determined by the group to be responsible enough to safely participate in the clean up activities. Adequate adult supervision must be provided by the group for participating youth younger than 18 years of age.
The group agrees to perform clean ups only during daylight hours and favorable weather conditions, unless otherwise requested and approved for evening hours at a lighted facility.
A sign will be posted at the entrance to the adopted park, or, at another designated location within the park, as determined by the Department. The Adopt-A-Park sign may share a sign post with other signs in the park. Signs will state the name of the group and will not be allowed to make political or other statements which may be considered controversial. The Department shall be solely responsible for final approval of sign designs.
The Parks Division will coordinate the distribution of supplies and paperwork for the clean-up with the group representative. Supplies will include latex gloves, trash bags, trash grippers, volunteer rosters, reporting paperwork, and, as needed, a first aid kit. Volunteer rosters must be completed with basic information, hours worked and initials of each volunteer or participant, and signed by the assigned Supervisor. Completed rosters and clean-up report forms will be submitted to the assigned Supervisor, or may be mailed to the Department within five days of completion of each clean-up date.
The group will schedule clean-ups by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at (772) 878-2277, and request to speak with the Adopt-A-Park Coordinator. Contact must be made at least three weeks prior to the desired date of the clean-up. Dates may be denied due to special events, other clean-ups scheduled or other issues related to park usage or safety as determined by the Department.
Groups agree to have all volunteers sign in on the Volunteer Roster form prior to participation in the clean-up activity date and report to the assigned Supervisor prior to starting any work. The group will place filled trash bags in a site dumpster, if available, or as directed by the assigned Supervisor.
All members of the group must be familiar with and follow the safety precautions of the Adopt-a-Park program. Hazardous situations or conditions shall be immediately reported to Parks personnel on duty or to the City of Port St. Lucie Police Department by calling 911.