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Volunteering - Adopt-a-Park

What-iffers wander through their favorite neighborhood parks thinking, "What if someone added a flowerbed on that corner?" "What if someone organized a weekly litter patrol?" What if the City had a way for me to help care for my park?"

Through Seattle's innovative Adopt-a-Park Program, "what if" becomes "look what we've done." Thousands of citizens and hundreds of community groups have used the Adopt-a-Park Program to aid Parks employees in caring for green spaces. Volunteers not only help restore the beauty of their surroundings, but they plan and implement projects that guarantee today's children will have a place to bring their own children in the future.

Created in 1982, Seattle's Adopt-a-Park Program has been nationally recognized for the public-private partnerships it supports. Individuals, community organizations, businesses, schools, neighborhoods and youth groups all participate in the program, which offers tools, materials, technical support and insurance to its volunteers.

Through the Adopt-a-Park Program, schools use parks as outdoor laboratories; beaches are cleaned up; play areas are rebuilt; trees are planted; wetlands and creeks are restored, and parks safety is increased.

Updated March 30, 2007
Adopt-A-Park Near You

To find out more about Adopt-a-Park in your neighborhood, Contact us...
We'll help match you with a great volunteer opportunity!
206-684-8028 | e-mail

Matching Funds

Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund (administered by the Department of Neighborhoods) complements the Adopt-a-Park Program by providing a cash match to neighborhood-based self-help projects. Community contributions of volunteer time, professional services, materials, and cash may all be eligible for matching funds.
To learn more, call (206) 684-0464 or visit the NMF web site.

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