Organizations encouraged to adopt a park in Spearfish
New program provides opportunity for citizens to get involved in caring for community spaces
SPEARFISH, SD (June 5, 2020)– For citizens wishing to get outside and volunteer to assist with the beautification of Spearfish parks, a new program provides the perfect opportunity.
The Adopt-A-Park program, approved June 1 by the Spearfish City Council, creates a powerful partnership between citizens and their parks, said Tyler Ehnes, Spearfish Parks and Recreation director.
“This partnership allows valuable communication and feedback, which results in cleaner, safer, and more user-friendly parks in the community,” he said.
The program provides the opportunity for an organization to work with staff and volunteer their time to improve City parks and other facilities by doing upkeep, cleaning, maintenance, weed removal, and other general beautification and improvement projects.
Organizations that adopt a park would be recognized by signage in each park notifying the public of the organization’s time, effort, and dedication to Spearfish’s parks system.
“We know everyone enjoys and feels ownership of the parks system already, so we want to invite citizens to take an active role in helping to care for these gems in our community,” Ehnes said.
Interested organizations should read the guidelines and fill out an Adopt-A-Park application, found here. Parks are adopted on a first-come, first-served basis, and more than one group may adopt the same park depending on its size and the types of projects/maintenance needed at that location. The park adoption lasts for one year and is renewable.
More information about the program guidelines can be found at https://www.cityofspearfish.com/735/Adopt---a---Park. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation department at 717-1189.