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Adopt-A-Park or Trail Program

The City offers a variety of parks and trails for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Adopt-A-Park/Trail Program consists of voluntary agreements between the City and organizations, businesses, groups or individuals to assist in the preservation of clean and safe parks and trails. Adopt a Park or Trail today!

Our green spaces provide many benefits to our community:

  • Outdoor recreation and relaxation as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Attract tourists and increase property values for a stronger economy.
  • Environmental education opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Preservation and protection of our natural and local heritage by maintaining historic rail corridors, portage routes and footpaths.
  • Augment the natural beauty and views of our community landscapes.

Why participate in the Adopt-A-Park or Adopt-A-Trail Program?

  • Boost pride and stewardship for community lands.
  • Create a spirit of cooperation between the City and residents.
  • Contribute to the safe enjoyment of green spaces and neighbourhood security.
  • Explore educational opportunities regarding links between healthy living and maintaining our environment.
  • Connect those interested in responsible land management practices.
  • Contribute to the well-being of your community.

Who Can Adopt a Park or Trail?

  • 18 years of age.
  • Genuinely concerned for the well-being of our natural resources.
  • An individual, garden club, scout/guide group, youth group, special interest club, church organization, family, school, private industry and business, etc.

Role of the Volunteer

  • Organize park or trail cleanups. Some helpful times include Earth Day Spring Cleanup around April 22 and a Fall Cleanup after leaves have dropped.
  • Report hazardous litter items, such as needles, immediately to City staff.
  • Assist with the removal of glass bottles before they are broken.
  • Report community concerns.
  • Report vandalism to the Leisure, Transit and Facilities Department during business hours (705) 739-4223 or report vandalism that is in progress to the Police at (705) 728-5588.
  • Cleanup during daylight hours only.
  • Provide adequate supervision to participants 18 years or younger.
  • Coordinate efforts with City staff for garbage pickup.
  • Commit to a one year period.
  • Volunteers are NOT authorized to do any works in the park or on the trail, other than garbage collection, for their own safety and protection. All works will be completed by City staff.
  • Send stories and photos of your group's efforts for the web page.

Role of the City of Barrie

  • Liaise with volunteer groups, and identify appropriate parks and trails.
  • Receive park and trail comments and incident reports.
  • Provide garbage collection removal.
  • Complete park and trail management works.
  • Distribute recognition stickers and badges to volunteers and provide a forum for stories and pictures.

Cleanup Safety: A Common Sense Checklist

  • Let someone know where you are.
  • Carry a small first aid kit.
  • Wear long pants, even in summer, and comfortable footwear.
  • Carry adequate drinking water.
  • Dress for conditions.
  • Use insect repellent where appropriate.
  • Avoid overexertion on hot days.

Rules of the Parks and Trails

  • No motorized vehicles.
  • Stay within trail boundaries.
  • Have a sense of responsibility for the safety of yourself and others.
  • Behave courteously to all park and trail users.
  • Protect natural resources.

How to Get Involved

  • Click on the following link to register online: http://sites.barrie.ca/adoptapark.
  • A staff member from Parks will contact you and provide contact information.
  • Keep in touch - report concerns and coordinate cleanups.

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