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In addition to clean, safe parks and a sense of pride in serving the community, groups will be recognized by the adoption signs posted at your park and on the City of Elmira website.
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Local service clubs, sports teams, youth organizations, schools, churches, businesses, families, friends, and anyone interested in helping to revitalize the city parks are all welcome and encouraged to adopt a park.
Youth organizations are required to have at least one adult supervisor while working at their adopted park.
Tasks for adoptive groups may vary slightly depending on the park facility but may include such items as:
Adoptive groups are not expected to mow grass, trim vegetation, clean restrooms, or perform major repairs or maintenance.
Adoptive groups are encouraged to work with the Department of Public Works to make suggestions to improve parks and to seek out and find donors or funding sources for park improvements.
Adoptive groups are strongly encouraged to take pride in their work and the difference that they are making in their community.
Adoptive organizations are asked to furnish all the supplies they are capable of, and the Department of Public Works will furnish the remainder.
Suggested items needed:
Yes, groups are encouraged to select a park near members' homes, schools, businesses or meeting places. Larger parks might benefit by being adopted by more than one organization. Requests for a specific park will be granted whenever possible, but cannot be guaranteed.
Fill out the application below and return it by mail or fax to Community Development. If you have questions, you can contact the department by calling 607-737-5691.