Adopt-A-Park program underway, community encouraged to lend a hand
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Parks and Recreation has been doing the Adopt-A-Park program for many years, but now with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been unable to hire most of the summer help it needs.
Groups or businesses can adopt a park and make it their goal to keep the park clean from debris, vandalism, and trash.
City workers will continue to mow the grass at the parks, but with less staff on hand, it may take longer in between mowing parks.
Community members who are just in the park are encouraged to lend a hand and pick up any garbage in the park.
“At this point, once a group starts volunteering after a year, we will put up a sign that acknowledges them, spreads awareness that they are helping out with this piece of land,” says Melissa Peterson of the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department.
If you are interested in adopting a park, you must submit a formal application through the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department.