Boise Parks & Rec looking for volunteers to help clean parks, plant flowers
The City of Boise Parks and Recreation department is looking for volunteers to help clean the city's parks and plant and maintain flower beds. The programs, Adopt-A-Park and Boise in Bloom, are new and being offered by Boise Parks & Recreation.
"Adopt-A-Park projects include litter pick up, filling mutt mitt dispensers, inspection of site amenities for repair or maintenance, graffiti removal, weeding, spreading safety surface materials at playgrounds, painting benches, raking leaves and other duties," said Amy Stahl with the department. "Boise in Bloom volunteers will plant and maintain existing flower and planting beds at sites throughout the city. Participants are also invited to propose new planting beds."
Locations include neighborhood parks and smaller sites such as Baggley, Catalpa, DeMeyer, Helen B. Lowder and Redwood parks.
“Our goal is to build public awareness of the city’s parks and their benefits to the community,” says Jerry Pugh, community programs coordinator. “Participants gain a sense of ownership toward the parks as well as a better understanding of maintenance practices implemented to ensure a high quality experience for park users.”
For both programs, volunteers are asked to make a year-long commitment and complete a training session to learn proper maintenance techniques. Boise Parks & Recreation will be providing materials, tools, staff assistance and oversight.
Stahl said they will also be installing signs to acknowledge and thank volunteers.