Looking to make a difference in the community, and get some fresh air this spring and summer? Adopting a park or trail might be just the thing to do.

In St. Cloud, there is an Adopt a Park/Trail Program which provides local organizations, churches, individuals, and businesses volunteer opportunities to maintain the 90 parks and miles of trails around the city.

What kind of work goes into adopting a park? Some tasks might include:

  • Cleaning picnic tables
  • Graffiti/Vandalism reporting
  • Mowing
  • Mulching trees and shrubs
  • Restocking doggie bags
  • Some use of power tools
  • Sweeping shelters
  • Trash pickup
  • Weeding/raking playgrounds
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The tasks involved aren't set in stone, it'll vary from park to park, and be different along trails as well. As far as time commitment goes, monitoring of the park or trail should be done on a regular basis, usually at least once a month or more often during the warm season and as weather permits in the cold season. This too will depend on the park or trail you adopt. Volunteers involved and hours worked must be reported to the Business Office monthly.

When you make the decision to adopt a park or trail, there is an application through the city, and the organization or individual will need to commit to a pre-determined period of adoption.

To see a list of task guidelines, get more information, or apply to adopt a park or trail, check out more on the City of St. Cloud website.

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