The primary goal of the Adopt-a-Park program is to enhance the appearance, character, and quality of the City's diverse parks system. Adopt-A-Park is a citywide volunteer program that recruits residents to assist in the general care and maintenance of neighborhood parks and other open spaces. The Adopt-A-Park program will not be used in place of the Parks Maintenance Department's regular maintenance of the parks. Instead, this program is designed to increase citizen awareness and pride in Pittsfield's invaluable parks.
As volunteer stewards, you will have a unique opportunity to donate services to your community and enjoy the results of your hard work. You can help enhance and maintain our public lands through clean-up efforts, weeding, painting and other projects. Your volunteer effort in our parks and on our trails increases public awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources; generates pride in our park system; and demonstrates a commitment to your community. As a group or business, you can create a better environment for yourself and the next generation.
To protect and enhance Pittsfield's neighborhood parks and open spaces through ongoing volunteer support and special events, and to educate the residents of Pittsfield about the importance of parks and open spaces.
Who can adopt a park?
Anyone! Adopt-A-Park aims to unite and support all people interested in improving Pittsfield's neighborhood parks and open spaces. Our volunteers include:
- Neighborhood associations
- Senior citizens
- Youth groups
- Community organizations
- Church groups
What can be adopted?
Whole parks, or particular areas within parks such as:
- Sports fields
How can volunteers help?
Volunteers can care for their adopted area in the following ways:
- Being the "eyes and the ears" of the park
- Picking up litter
- Reporting graffiti
- Sweeping courts and pathways
- Pulling weeds
- Raking leaves
- Caring for trees
- Reporting park hazards
- Engaging or assisting in special park projects
How do you adopt a park?
- Identify a park you would like to adopt and the type of project you would like to complete.
- Set up a meeting with Parks and Recreation Program Staff to discuss what you are looking to do; call 499-9370 to make an appointment. Our staff will work with you to identify the project(s) that will provide the greatest benefit to the park.
- Request an application packet. Sign and return the "Volunteer Service Agreement" and "Adopt-A-Park Agreement" forms. (If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian signature on the "Volunteer Service Agreement.")
- Once the "adoption" is approved, you're ready to start.
All Adopt-A-Park requests are on a first come, first serve basis.
What are volunteers responsible for?
- Volunteers are required to maintain their adopted park for at least one year. We encourage volunteers to work at their park at least once a month, and at a minimum of four times per year. Volunteers make up their own schedules.
- Volunteers must abide by all park rules and ordinances.
- Volunteers must notify Parks and Recreation Program Staff to change specific volunteer duties.
- Volunteers must return all supplies upon resignation.
- Volunteers must keep track of the number of hours spent volunteering on a monthly basis and report total hours to Parks and Recreation Program Staff. Our office documents this information and tabulates total yearly hours.
- Justifies the need for more tools and supplies when submitting budget requests to the City Council
Volunteer groups are asked to provide their own safety clothing, tools, and equipment. But, if needed, the Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Program may be able to provide you with tools and supplies to assist you in your duties. Contact staff to see waht may be available.
We Can't Make A Long-Term Commitment, Can We Still Volunteer?Absolutely! The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Program supports events such as one time clean-up projects, plantings, and trail maintenance projects. We also welcome financial donations which support the purchase of playground equipment, park tables and planting materials.