Adopt-a-Park

The North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District Adopt-a-Park program provides opportunities for neighborhood organizations, community groups, individuals and local businesses to get actively involved by working to beautify and clean parks and trails in North Clackamas. When you participate in the Adopt-a-Park program, you take ownership of your parks, and can take pride in knowing you have contributed to making your community a more desirable place to live, work and play.

Anyone can participate in the Adopt-a-Park program. The goal is to bring communities together to beautify and maintain the parks in North Clackamas. Youth under 18 must complete the Youth Volunteer Service Agreement along with a parent or guardian, and youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult while volunteering. Volunteers include:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Church groups
  • Civic / Service clubs
  • Senior citizens
  • Businesses
  • Youth groups
  • Scout groups
  • Schools/classrooms

Volunteers assume responsibility for an adopted park and agree to participate in park improvements under the direction of North Clackamas Parks & Recreation for a minimum of four (4) times a year, for a one-year period. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Pick up litter
  • Monitor drains
  • Report and remove graffiti**
  • Spread bark dust/safety chips in play area
  • Clear trails
  • Sweep courts and pathways
  • Remove weeds and invasive plants
  • Report park hazards/safety concerns
  • Rake leaves and debris
  • Plant flowers **

** Must be pre-approved

  1. The group leader completes the online Adopt-a-Park Request Form.
  2. NCPRD staff will process your request and contact you.
  3. Once approved, all members of the group will review the Safety Guidelines and complete the online Volunteer Service Agreement. If you are under the age of 18, you must complete the Youth Volunteer Service Agreement along with a parent or guardian.
  4. Staff will train your group to do the tasks for which you have volunteered to meet District standards.

Volunteers are required to keep track of the number of hours spent volunteering, and the group must report on total hours on a quarterly basis using the online form or by emailing them to maintenance@ncprd.com. The group leader, or a designated person from the group, can collect hours from their volunteer team and submit all hours together each quarter. Our office documents this information and tabulates total yearly hours, which helps our program in the following ways:

  • Accounts for total donated time to the District for annual reports.
  • Confirms the growth or decline in volunteer participation in the district.
  • Assists students that are required to perform community service hours.
  • Assists NCPRD in recognizing volunteers.
  • Equipment you need may include rakes, brooms, weeding utensils, sturdy gloves, etc.

NCPRD will provide the following (Please call at least one full working day prior to the project):

  • Trash bags and 5 pair sturdy work gloves (pick up M-Th 8:30-12, at NCPRD Aquatic Park 7300 SE Harmony Rd, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222 )
  • Safety information and support.
  • Excess liability insurance for volunteers. This is secondary coverage for insured individuals.

You and your group will be responsible for providing any additional equipment you need, including rakes, brooms, weeding utensils, sturdy gloves, etc. If you do not have equipment, please call NCPRD staff at 503-794-8030 or email maintance@ncprd.com.

Yes! We appreciate our Adopt-a-Park volunteers and the time and work they contribute to keep parks clean and beautiful. To recognize your service, a sign will be erected (with your group or business name or logo) at your designated park.

ADOPT-A-PARK POLICIES

  • Volunteers are required to maintain their adopted park for a minimum of four (4) times a year, for at least one year. Volunteers make up their own schedules. See suggested timelines for project activities.
  • Volunteers are required to read, understand and abide by the Safety Guidelines and each participant must fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement/Liability form.
  • Notify NCPRD office 24 hours prior to a clean-up project that will require debris/litter pickup.
  • All participants shall conduct safety training and review Safety Guidelines prior to any work session.
  • Volunteers must abide by park rules and ordinances at all times.
  • Volunteers must notify NCPRD staff when resigning.
  • Volunteers must track hours, and the group must report total hours on a quarterly basis.


HELPFUL DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

Adopt-a-Park Request Form
Volunteer Service Agreement
Youth Service Agreement (under 18)
Safety Guidelines
Reporting Hours Online Form


CONTACT

For additional information or questions, please contact NCPRD staff at 503-794-8030 or email maintance@ncprd.com.