Adopt-A-Park / Trail

People working with wood and cleaning up trash

What is the Adopt-A-Park / Trail Program?

The Adopt-A-Park/Trail Program (APAT) is volunteer program that gives the community the opportunity to work with Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) to keep its parks and trails clean and attractive. The adopter will be responsible for maintaining the parks / trails by picking up litter, maintaining flower beds, painting, spreading playground mulch including safety surfacing and other manual labor.

Who can participate?

  • Athletics Organizations
  • Business or Other Community Organizations
  • Civic Groups
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Individuals
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Schools (groups and teams)
  • Service Organizations
  • Youth Groups

What is the time commitment?

The adopter must be willing to make a 1-year commitment to their designated park or trail completing a minimum of 6 projects per year. The number of cleanup projects is prorated based on the adoption approval date. DPR does accept applications for 1-time or short term projects.

Will I need to provide my own equipment?

DPR will provide trash and recycling bags, recycling information, safety guidelines, litter grabbers and bags. Adoptees can check out safety vests and work gloves with a $50 refundable deposit. This deposit may be waived if a written request is received 14 days prior to the scheduled project date and approved by the director of DPR or her designee.

How will my adoption be recognized?

  • Signage with the adopters name at the location of the adopted park or trail
  • Certificate of Appreciation for the service year
  • Letter of recognition by the director of DPR
  • Recognition on the DPR website

How do I get started?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the parks and trails currently available for adoption email the APAT coordinator or call 919-560-4355.

Additional Information

Please mail or fax the completed application to:
Mal Atkinson
Durham Parks and Recreation
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701

Fax: 919-560-4021

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