What Is Adopt-A-Park?
The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Adopt-A-Park program was created from the collaborative efforts of local Harrisonburg High School honor students, Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation staff and city government to create an opportunity for community groups to assist with keeping our parks clean, safe and beautiful for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Neighbors and community groups volunteer their time to improve their chosen park. Volunteers may be asked to perform duties such as removing litter, light landscaping work, graffiti removal, trail maintenance, and other park-related projects to enhance park locations. The group works with the Adopt-A-Park program coordinator to create a plan customized for the group and their chosen park. We provide moral support, technical expertise and coordination with City of Harrisonburg services; we can also provide publicity, planting materials, and tools.
What is the Time Commitment?
An individual or group is required to come out once a month and work on one of the planned duties. Park adopters have the opportunity to hold annual events related to the above duties within their organization as long as it is planned ahead of time through the Adopt-A-Park program coordinator. Generally, an Adopt-A-Park work project or event lasts two to three hours, depending on the project. Park adopters can also work individually, at their own leisure, as long as they visit at least once a month.
How Much Does It Cost?
It's free! Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation provides all the necessary supplies, such as plants and tools.
What Type of Events do Park Adopters Hold?
Typical events include planting flowers, removing trash, placing mulch around trees and flowerbeds. The only limits to the list of activities you can choose from are the park's needs, the project coordinator’s interests and your interests.
How to Get Started?
Please fill out the online application form. Once this form is submitted, city staff will contact you with the next steps!
For more information about Adopt-A-Park:
Jeremy Harold, Harrisonburg Superintendent of Parks
Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center Administrative Office
305 South Dogwood Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801