What is the Elmhurst Park District Adopt-A-Park Program?
The Elmhurst Park District’s Adopt-A-Park Program is designed to encourage the community to work hands-on to help keep Elmhurst’s parks clean, safe, and attractive. The program offers the opportunity for people to get more involved in their community in a way that promotes civic pride, appreciation and awareness.
What does adopting a park entail?
When a group adopts a park from the Elmhurst Park District, the organization’s members pick up litter, report vandalism, make recommendations to improve the park’s amenities, general maintenance, and keep an eye on the park. We ask that you do not edge, cut, prune, or pull any vegetation or weeks before speaking with the Park Ambassador Supervisor at (630) 993-8946. We ask the Adopted Park’s contact person to inform and enforce the Adopt-A-Park policies and procedures within their groups.
Who can participate?
The Adopt-A-Park Program is open to individuals, youth groups, neighborhood associations, civic groups, religious organizations, service organizations, schools (school groups and teams), businesses and other community organizations throughout the City of Elmhurst.
What is the Adopt-A-Park time commitment?
Each year, the adoption commitment begins in April and concludes in December. Each group is required to set up monthly work dates at the beginning of their adoption through the end of the year. It is each Adopted Park’s contact person’s responsibility to organize monthly clean-ups and keep track of the group’s total volunteer hours, which are issued for each Adopted Park. If your group chooses to work year-round with your Adopted Park, please advise us so the appropriate arrangements can be made.
Applications must be received by June 30 in order to get a recognition sign posted in the park you have adopted. Groups may adopt a park after that date.
How does one go through the adoption process?
Please fill out the application in our Volunteer Packet and email it to the Community Event and Development Supervisor at cwilkin [at] epd.org. After application review, a park will be assigned to your group (specific parks can be requested but are assigned based on availability).
What are program benefits?
- Your organization’s name will be acknowledged on a sign in the designated area of the park.
- It gives groups a chance to have a hands-on role in keeping their park clean and beautiful.
- It is a great way for your group to spend quality time together and feel good about giving back to your community through improving your favorite park.
- It betters the parks of Elmhurst for community members and betters the Park District as a whole.
What are the Adopt-A-Park guidelines?
- Parks will be assigned to groups on a first-come, first-serve basis. Specific park requests will be reviewed but parks are assigned based on availability.
- Groups are to commit to work in the parks one day per month.
- Groups are required to show up on the scheduled monthly dates, but may also show up other times at their leisure. If the group has collected a large amount of trash from a park or needs assistance of any kind, they may contact the Park Ambassador Supervisor.
- Work is to be completed during park hours only (dawn to dusk.)
- Each group will receive several waiver forms that must be completed on every occasion they are in the parks in order to keep track of volunteers and their hours worked. If waiver forms are not received regularly, the group will be contacted and asked to renew their commitment or let another group adopt their site.
- All waiver forms must be emailed to the Community Event and Development Supervisor at cwilkin [at] epd.org (or mailed to the Administration Office, Attn: Adopt-A-Park, 375 W. First Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126).
- All participants should be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult supervisor (i.e., scout and youth groups accompanied by adult sponsors).
- Please do not pull any weeds or vegetation without prior approval from the Park Ambassador Supervisor.
- Appropriate clothing for weather and work gloves should be worn.
- Please report any broken or damaged equipment.
- All participants are to follow all park policies set by the Elmhurst Park District.
- Have FUN in the park!
The Park Ambassador Supervisor can be reached at (630) 993-8946. The Community Event and Development Supervisor can be reached at cwilkin [at] epd.org.