The Adopt-A-Park program is great for businesses or civic groups looking to give back to their community. Pinellas County Parks & Conservation Resources recruits groups of eight or more to adopt a county park and perform at least four park-related service projects per year. The group gets credit for a job well done, and Pinellas County residents and visitors get to enjoy beautiful parks.
Participants commit to a minimum of three volunteer hours per person, per project. Projects might include spreading mulch, trimming plant beds, clearing along trails and boardwalks, painting picnic tables, removing litter from waterway areas or helping to control invasive plants species. As an example, a group of Boy Scouts collected fruit from the groves in Eagle Lake Park to give to local food banks and homeless shelters.
When a group completes two of its four projects, the group name is displayed on a plaque at the entrance of the park.
How It Helps
Nearly half of the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources staff has been eliminated in recent years. The Adopt-A-Park program is not designed to replace staff, but it allows the county to continue to deliver high-quality service to Pinellas County residents and park visitors. A similar Adopt-A-Mile program brings in volunteers for service projects along the Pinellas Trail.
How to Adopt a Park
- Review the Adopt-A-Park Program FAQs and guidelines.
- Submit an Adopt-A-Park request form.
- Complete the Adopt-A-Park Program agreement for businesses or 501(c)(3) organizations.
Pinellas County Parks
- Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs
- Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole
- Eagle Lake Park in Largo
- Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde
- Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs
- John Chesnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor
- John S. Taylor Park in Largo
- Lake Seminole Park in Seminole
- Philippe Park in Safety Harbor
- Ridgecrest Park in Largo
- Sand Key Park on Clearwater Beach
- Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg
- Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor
- Walsingham Park in Largo
- War Veterans’ Memorial Park in St. Petersburg
A complete list of volunteer opportunities within Pinellas County can be found at pinellas.gov/volunteers. For more information on the Adopt-A-Park program, call Pinellas County Volunteer Services at 727-464-3945.