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Adopting a City Park or Facility

The purpose of the adopt-a-park program is to  enable the public to have a greater sense of ownership of public space and provide an opportunity for service in available adoptable parks, facilities and open spaces.

The Parks & Recreation Department is committed to  creating a streamlined process for the orientation and training of adopt-a-park candidates and to give  formal recognition of volunteers and donations made to the department through special designation plaques and signs. 



Anyone meeting the minimum physical standards and CityServe requirements is eligible to  participate. Simply complete an individual park adoption form, arrange for an orientation, and fill out  the volunteer assessment. All volunteers will be honored despite whether they  meet the minimum hours required for designated status.

Groups or Organizations

Whether you’re part of a business or nonprofit organization, we could use your help! You can apply for a one-time project, such as a beach clean-up, or for on-going assistance, such as  graffiti removal along the San Lorenzo River Corridor. Volunteers will be assigned a staff liaison to assist in orienting, training, and providing special equipment or resources to ensure your success.

Designated Status (Volunteers)

Volunteer hours are cumulative within the calendar year. Any individual or group that tallies  a collective set of hours (shown below), will receive the corresponding status annually.

720 Hours—Bronze Status
1040 Hours—Silver Status
2080+ Hours– Gold Status


Donate Funds

Park adoption is not limited to volunteering. Committing funds to park maintenance programs is a great way to demonstrate your support for the Parks & Recreation Department.

Designated status will be given to individuals and organizations that match equivalency of hours to funds. Equivalent hours are calculated based off of the hourly rate of a full-time parks maintenance worker.

Designated Status (Donations)

Donations are cumulative within the calendar year. Any individual or group that tallies  a collective set of donations  (shown below), will receive the corresponding status annually.

$10k—Bronze Status
$25k—Silver Status
$50k+ Hours– Gold Status