City Looks for Groups to Adopt Local Parks
Businesses, schools, non-profits and service organizations interested in performing service projects within the community can adopt one of the city's parks.
Nineteen of the city's 28 adoptable parks have already been adopted. Parks that are still available include Bay Park, Cliff Stephens, Edgewater Drive, Mandalay and D.D. Davis. Volunteer groups sign an agreement stating they will conduct at least two service projects in their park per year. Volunteer groups receive a sign with their name on it that shows the community they are caring for the park. The city also offers one-time community beautification projects for groups that can only make short-term commitments.
Most recently, Woodgate Park on Countryside Boulevard was adopted by the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center's summer camp.
"Camp Or Hashemesh is dedicated to making the world a better place and where better to start than your own backyard," said Jeff Kreiger, Camp Director.
As part of their efforts, campers completed seven different service projects this summer. They improved the park by painting bollards, picnic tables and benches; mulching the tennis courts and playground areas; and removing trash and debris from the park grounds.
"We try to make serving your community as easy as possible," said Karen Maldonado, Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator. "We provide approved projects, staff supervision, drinks and all the tools and supplies needed."
For more information on adopting a Clearwater park contact Karen Maldonado at 727-562-4803.
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