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Adopt-A-Park

The Adopt-A-Park program is designed to promote park beautification and safety, public education, volunteerism, and community pride in the City of Marshfield’s park system, while saving taxpayer dollars and helping to make Marshfield a more beautiful community.

Participation activities include removing litter, planting and establishing trees, planting shrubs and flowers, removing graffiti, painting or light maintenance (of such amenities as playground equipment), promoting recycling efforts, improving the conditions of athletic fields, reporting vandalism, monitoring safety conditions, etc.

ANY AND ALL IMPROVEMENTS THAT CHANGE THE INTEGRITY OR MAINTENANCE OF THE PARK SHALL BE PLACED IN WRITING AND MUST BE APPROVED THROUGH THE PARK COMMITTEE AND THE PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

Parks and Areas Available for Adoption  

Participants commit to help in cleaning up and/or beautifying a park, or facilities within a park.

The City of Marshfield’s Park System consists of the 66 acres, as described below:

  • Ellis O. Jackson Marshfield City Park (Webster County Fairgrounds)
  • Nelson Park (located on North Marshall St. across from the Ellis O. Jackson Park)
  • North Park (located on Banning St. adjacent to Highway CC (West Hubble Drive)
  • Hartley Park (located on North Clay Street; South Marshall Street)
  • Rotary Park (located next to City Hall on S. Marshall Street)
  • Hidden Waters Nature Park (located 542 Massey Street)
  • Frisco Park (located at Second and Pine)
  • Shackleford Springs Park (located on East Bedford Street)
  • Massey Park (located on North White Oak Street)
  • Facilities such as pavilions, buildings, or designated picnic areas
  • Playground equipment, located at the Rotary Park, Hartley Park and Massey Park
  • Athletic facilities, such as tennis courts, softball or baseball fields, soccer fields, volleyball court, or basketball courts

Remember that every little bit of effort helps!  Even if your group isn’t large enough to adopt an entire park, you can still adopt a smaller park area.  Call us at City Hall and maybe we can help you find a park area to adopt, Danielle Cron at 417-859-7660.

Who Can Participate?

The “Adopt-A-Park” program is a wonderful opportunity for individuals and groups to make a noticeable difference in our community.  Individuals, community or civic organizations, schools, churches, youth groups, scout groups, environmental clubs, senior citizen groups, neighborhood groups, businesses, or activity groups may participate in the Adopt-A-Park program.

You may do the work yourself, with others as part of an organization, or provide financial sponsorship.  You can team up with neighbors or co-workers and make your own group.

Some groups may even choose to approach a business to co-adopt a park with them.  Companies that are community-minded know that a clean community is good for business, and that being part of a worthwhile, long-term project is good for their image.

ANY AND ALL IMPROVEMENTS THAT CHANGE THE INTEGRITY OR MAINTENANCE OF THE PARK SHALL BE PLACED IN WRITING AND MUST BE APPROVED THROUGH THE PARK COMMITTEE AND THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

Participant Commitment

Participants must commit to picking up litter in their area of adoption at least once a month.  Responsibilities will include picking up paper, cans, glass (broken glass is to be removed at the discretion of the group’s supervisor), other garbage, branches, and debris, and placing refuse in trash cans at the park or in garbage bags provided by City personnel.  Other beautification efforts are strongly encouraged, such as landscaping, planting small flowers or trees, painting, or light maintenance. No such beautifications shall take place without prior approval from the Parks & Recreation Department, and the Park Committee. The Park Committee will need a written or verbal report of activities or time spent a minimum of every 90 days, 30-60 days is recommended. Adoption of all parks will need to be renewed on an annual basis.

One-time projects are also available, such as cleaning and painting of buildings, playground equipment, picnic benches and tables, or other designated facilities, athletic field maintenance, tree planting, etc.  No matter what your abilities are or how much time you have to spend, we can find a project for you.

Any modifications to parks, buildings or structures that will alter the appearance of the park, facility or area must be cleared through the Parks and Recreation Department as well as The Park Committee; failure to get prior approval may result in the dismissal of the adoption of such park.

A memorandum of understanding between the participating party and the City of Marshfield will be signed.  This document will outline the party’s responsibilities, in detail, providing specific information about what the group or organizations plans to do.  It will also identify the adopted park or area.

City Commitment

  • The City will provide necessary safety equipment and refuse containers.
  • Certificates of appreciation for participating members will be provided.

Safety Guidelines

The safety of participants is our highest priority.  Participants are expected to use common sense and responsibility in their efforts.  To ensure safety, no power tools such as lawn mowers, tractors or chain saws will be permitted to be used without authorization from the Parks Department. Personal protective equipment should be worn, as appropriate.  Safety vests, gloves and other personal protective equipment necessary maybe obtained from the Parks & Recreation Department, on loan, for activities related to Adopt-A-Park responsibilities.  Participants will hold the City harmless for injury or property damage which might have been prevented by safe behavior. Participants must be 16 years of age or supervised by adults.

How Do I Adopt a Park?

To get started, you must first fill out an Adopt-A-Park application, identifying the area you would like to adopt and designating a group leader.  Secondly, the Primary and Alternate contact must provide an approved background check as well as any group having youth involvement. Once your application is submitted, the City of Marshfield Parks & Recreation Committee will review your plans and determine project suitability. 

Requests for specific parks or areas are handled on a first come, first-served basis.