It’s a way for area businesses or civic groups to take ownership of a Pinellas County park!
Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources is looking to recruit groups of eight or more participants to adopt a county park, and perform at least four park-related service projects a year. The groups would commit to a minimum of three volunteer hours per person per project.
Adopt-A-Park service projects might include spreading mulch, trimming plant beds, clearing along trails and boardwalks, painting picnic tables, removing litter from waterway areas or helping to control invasive plants species. A group of Boy Scouts has already committed to gleaning fruit from the groves in Eagle Lake Park to give to area food banks and homeless shelters.
When a group completes two of their four projects, its name will be displayed on a plaque posted at the entrance to the specific park, so the group gets credit for a job well done.
Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources has had cuts in park staff by 48 percent over the several three years. The Adopt-A-Park program is designed, not to replace employees, but to enhance the county’s service delivery system and help maintain our county parks as community assets. A similar Adopt-A-Mile program utilizes volunteers for service projects along the Pinellas Trail.
The program is ideal for businesses looking for employee projects, or for civic groups looking to give back to their community.
Pinellas County parks include:
- Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs
- Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole
- John Chesnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor
- Eagle Lake Park in Largo
- Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde
- Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs
- Lake Seminole Park in Seminole
- Philippe Park in Safety Harbor
- Ridgecrest Park in Largo
- Sand Key Park on Clearwater Beach
- Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg
- John S. Taylor Park in Largo
- Walsingham Park in Largo
- War Veterans Memorial Park in St. Petersburg
- Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor
A complete list of volunteer opportunities within Pinellas County can be found at www.pinellascounty.org/volunteers. For more information on the Adopt-A-Park program, call Pinellas County Volunteer Services at (727) 464-3945.