The Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department recently launched the new Adopt-A-Park Program. The Island Estates Civic Association, headed by President Frank Dame, signed the very first contract in this partnership program. Now the proud adopters of Sunset Sam Park in the Island Estates Neighborhood, the Civic Association has promised the City they will conduct two service projects over the next year to maintain and even improve the park. In return, signage will be added to the park indicating that the Island Estates Civic Association has adopted it.
“The City of Clearwater boasts over 50 community parks that require a tremendous amount of resources to maintain and consistently improve. To assist in helping to maintain the high standards our residents and visitors expect, we are inviting the community’s participation. Involvement in Adopt-A-Park helps to improve Clearwater’s environment, community and quality of life. This is clearly a program that benefits us all,” states Karen Maldonado, Volunteer Coordinator for the department.
Dame adds, “We believe it is important to take a leadership role within the City and support new programs like Adopt-A-Park. Sunset Sam Park is used by many residents and visitors who live in or visit Island Estates. This park is an important part of the aesthetics and appeal of our community. By partnering with the City to ensure its ongoing maintenance and upkeep, we are not only assisting the City in mitigating costs, we are sustaining the beauty of the park while demonstrating good community leadership.”
Most local city-maintained parks and trail sections are available for adoption. Any Clearwater-affiliated community organization that registers with the Parks and Recreation Department and completes a contract may adopt a park or trail section. Organizations that adopt a local park are asked to complete two approved service projects per calendar year. These projects may be as simple as a trash and debris pick-up day, or could involve projects such as re-mulching a playground or planting a new flowerbed. The Volunteer Coordinator approves all projects and the City provides staff supervision, supplies, tools and hydration.
“We have three signed contracts so far and many more partnerships in the works. We are very excited about this new program and our goal is to have 50 organizations adopting all 50 parks,” Maldonado exclaims. Clearwater East Rotary (Forest Run Park) and Rogers Beach Development (Pier 60 Park) have signed contracts, while Skycrest Neighborhood (Crest Lake Park), South Clearwater Citizens for Progressive Action (Ed Wright Park) and St. Petersburg College (N.E. Coachman Park) are committed. Other organizations expressing interest include Calvary Baptist Church and School, the Italian American Club of Clearwater, Countryside Rotary Club and Mugs N Jugs.
If you would like more information on adopting a Clearwater park please contact Karen Maldonado at 727-562-4803 or by e-mail at Karen.Maldonado@myclearwater.com.
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