Westchester County’s Adopt-a-Park program promotes public involvement in the maintenance, improvement and support of the nearly 18,000-acre Westchester County Park system.
Any civic-minded group or organization can adopt a Westchester County Park. Corporations, garden clubs, scout groups, student organizations, business and professional associations and neighborhood groups are just a few examples. Participants must be at least 12 years old.
Adopt-a-Park signs with the name of the park and sponsoring group are placed at the park once it is adopted by an organization.
How much work will it be?
It’s up to you! Some groups come in for the minimum four work sessions a year to plant trees and flower beds, prune shrubs, spread wood chips, rake, clear trails and stream banks or even paint, stain or erect structures. Others may opt to visit their park more often. The program is extremely flexible and will be tailored to your group’s needs and interest.
If your group members don’t have any experience, don’t worry. Park staff members will be on hand to provide the necessary tools and assistance.
By adopting a park, an organization commits to enhancing and maintaining the parkland through tree plantings, pruning, trail clearing, painting, flower bed preparation and planting and any other approved projects that will enhance the beauty of the park, for a one-year period. A minimum of four work sessions must be performed over the course of the year.
Benefits of the program
Volunteer groups and organizations derive great satisfaction by becoming stewards of the County Park system and enjoy the knowledge that by being part of this program they are truly making a difference. In addition, the County Parks Department will erect a sign at the adopted park that acknowledges the group’s contribution and commitment to the program.
Just call our Adopt-a-Parks coordinator at (914) 231-4530 or download and print the application contained within the Adopt-a-Park brochure.
- Complete and sign the Adopt-a-Park agreement.
- Choose a park to adopt from the list of eligible parks.
- Coordinate your project(s) with the Adopt-a-Park staff member for your chosen park.
- Recruit and schedule volunteers from your organization to implement your project.
- Complete a Beautification Activity Report and submit to Park Superintendent upon completion of your project.