Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Volunteers needed for Adopt-a-Park, Boise in Bloom programs

Neighbors and other volunteer groups are needed to help clean up parks and plant and maintain flower beds in new Adopt-A-Park and Boise in Bloom programs offered by Boise Parks & Recreation.

Adopt-A-Park projects include litter pick up, filling mutt mitt dispensers, inspection of site amenities for repair or maintenance, graffiti removal, weeding, spreading safety surface materials at playgrounds, painting benches, raking leaves and other duties.
Locations include neighborhood parks and smaller sites such as Baggley, Catalpa, DeMeyer, Helen B. Lowder and Redwood parks.

Boise in Bloom volunteers will plant and maintain existing flower and planting beds at sites throughout the city. Participants are also invited to propose new planting beds.

"Our goal is to build public awareness of the city's parks and their benefits to the community," says Jerry Pugh, community programs coordinator. "Participants gain a sense of ownership toward the parks as well as a better understanding of maintenance practices implemented to ensure a high quality experience for park users."

For both programs, volunteers are required to make a year-long commitment and complete  a training session to learn proper maintenance techniques. Boise Parks & Recreation will provide materials, tools, staff assistance and oversight.

Signs will be installed to acknowledge and thank volunteers.

For information, contact Jerry Pugh, Community Programs Coordinator, at or 208-608-7617.