Adopt-A Park/Trail Safety Guidelines

  1. Stay clear of all construction areas.
  2. Be aware of loose pets; do not bring unattended pets with you to your work site.
  3. Work should be completed during park/trail hours only (dawn to dusk).
  4. Always provide adult supervision for your organization/group.
  5. Place all bagged litter/trash at the designated locations to assure pick-up.
  6. Use the litter pick-up devices and plastic trash bags properly.
  7. Be aware of snakes, bees, wasps, and spiders (bug spray is recommended).
  8. Have a first-aid kit available on site in case of an emergency.
  9. Avoid contact with noxious weeds (poison ivy, sumac).
  10. If you are near a roadside, work facing on-coming traffic. Wear safety vests if possible if working within 10 feet of any roadway.
  11. Do not over-exert yourself, especially on hot days. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  12. Cross streets only on cross walks.
  13. Wear light colored clothing, appropriate for the task at hand.
  14. Wear safety gloves at all times and wear a hat if possible.
  15. Wear sturdy closed toe shoes or boots with puncture resistant soles.
  16. Use a buddy system so you can look out for each other.
  17. If possible have at least one cell phone on site.
  18. Be aware of objects that may expose you to a bloodborne pathogens and dispose of them with caution (contraceptive, diapers, and feminine hygiene products). Also if any needles or syringes are found please contact DPR immediately with the whereabouts of the items.  Please DO NOT attempt to remove.


Call Durham Parks and Recreation at 919-560-4355 or in case of an immediate threat or emergency call 911.