Learn More at a Park Clean-Up Event this Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m. at Winchester II
The City of Goleta’s first ever Adopt-A-Park program is ready to launch and is looking for community members like you! We are lucky to have 28 parks and open spaces that need to be managed here in the Good Land. The Adopt-A-Park program welcomes community members to have a shared responsibility in helping to keep our local parks clean.
Join the City of Goleta this Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m. to participate in the Adopt-A-Park for Winchester II located on Calle Real at Jenna Drive. This clean-up is geared toward neighbors of the park, but anyone is welcome to attend. It is also a great opportunity to speak with staff and learn more about the new Adopt-A-Park program and how you can get involved.
Here is how Adopt-A-Park works: Interested individuals, organizations, and/or businesses will select a City-owned park to “adopt.” Participants will perform park clean-ups with their volunteer groups on a designated day once every two months for a year or as desired. The City will provide the necessary equipment for the volunteer group such as maintenance supplies and gloves, all that is required from YOU is your time, energy, and commitment.
To sign up, go to https://cityofgoleta.org/adoptapark and fill out a pre-registration form stating which park(s) you are interested in, and a staff member will follow up within three business days to get you started. After confirming park availability, the program coordinator will schedule an initial walkthrough of the park in which logistics (e.g., equipment, volunteer dates) will be discussed and finalized.
JoAnne Plummer, Parks and Recreation Manager, said, “We have a very passionate community when it comes to our parks and open spaces. This program provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and/or businesses to give back to the parks and open spaces they love. The Adopt-a-Park program is designed to promote civic responsibility, community pride, and camaraderie.”
We are grateful to the Goleta Noontime Rotary Club who piloted the Adopt-A-Park program for us and have been helping to keep Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park clean since December 2019. It has been a mutually beneficial experience for club members, the City, and park neighbors.
Scott Phillips, District Governor Elect and Past President of the Goleta Noontime Rotary Club, said, “This program opens the doors to getting people out to the parks and provides a chance to bond with the community. Since the Goleta Noontime Rotary Club adopted Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, it has been rewarding to see neighbors of the park become more involved in the upkeep and maintenance. Being thanked by neighbors for keeping the park safe and clean for children has been a highlight.”
Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park has remained a popular destination over the years, which in turn has led to an increase in usage by the community. Having such a high rate of activity, the park continues to benefit from the extra support that is provided from the Adopt-A-Park program.
Pictured: Goleta Noontime Rotary Club at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park