Here’s your chance to adopt an Edmonds park

Edmonds has more than 60 parks, and City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis is hoping that city residents will step up and adopt some of them.

Buckshnis, who several years ago founded the volunteer-run, off-leash dog park at Edmonds’ Marina Beach, announced her new Adopt-a-Park initiative at the March 23 City Council meeting. Since the announcement, three citizens have stepped up to adopt two parks, Buckshnis said.

Adopting a park has many benefits, Buckshnis noted. For starters, it will increase community involvement and personal ownership of parks. If youth groups are involved, the effort provides an opportunity to educate young people about community service and the importance of keeping parks clean.

The type of work volunteers could perform, Buckshnis said, include picking up litter, pet feces and garbage and removing invasive species such as ivy, blackberry, scotch broom and morning glory.

Edmonds individuals and organizations interested in adopting a park should fill out the following Parks and Recreation forms, which are linked here:

– an Edmonds Department of Parks and Recreation Volunteer Service Information form, which provides information regarding policies and attire, and also gives the City volunteer contact information as well as the days and hours the volunteers will work.

– an Adopt-a-Park Program agreement.

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