For adopting a park, trail or open space for a one- or two-year seasonal commitment. Not ready to apply, but want event information sent to you? Email us.
Step one: Select and submit an application form
Once you select a facility to adopt, let us know by completing the application form or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department, 303-814-7444. Parks and Recreation staff will work with you to identify park needs.
Step two: Review and complete the information packet
Once we confirm the proposed area is available and safe for adoption, we will send you a volunteer program packet that contains a statement of commitment, which describes the responsibilities of the adopter and the Parks and Recreation Department and a volunteer waiver and indemnification form to be signed by all volunteers. Complete and sign both forms and return them in person or by mail to the:
Castle Rock Recreation Center
2301 Woodlands Blvd.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Step three: POST Partners staff approval
Once the POST Partners Committee approves the adoption and you sign the statement of commitment, your group is ready to start. All adoptions are first-come, first-served. Groups will retain first right of refusal for their areas. Groups will assign a group leader to be the contact person for the volunteer coordinator.
Step four: Organize and plan your first cleanup
Select a date for your first cleanup and arrange with the Parks and Recreation Department to have trash bags, trash grabbers, gloves and safety vests available upon request. Special arrangements can be made with the volunteer coordinator to borrow tools (rakes, shovels, etc.) as needed. The Parks and Recreation Department will arrange to have the trash bags collected and disposed of. See our Organizing a Clean-up and Safety Guide.
Use your inspection checklist to document the date, number of volunteers, hours worked, activities accomplished and condition of the adopted area. The inspection checklist is an important tool the department uses to evaluate facilities and document volunteer contributions. Also, included on the reverse side of the checklist is an audit roster. Each participant must sign in or out on the roster at each work day, as it is turned into our insurance carrier. Forms should be turned in monthly - no later than the 30th of each month.
Provide the Parks and Recreation Department advance notice of subsequent cleanup days to check for scheduling conflicts and to ensure prompt pick up of all litter collected. Groups should provide the volunteer coordinator with at least one week's notice (preferably two) of their intent to perform work days to assist staff with coordinating park resources.
Step five: POST Partners materials
If your group is interested in receiving POST logo T-shirts and / or water bottles, provide the POST Partners volunteer coordinator with the approximate quantities and sizes needed. It is recommended that large groups wear POST Partners T-shirts when working on POST Partners projects. We encourage groups to take photos and send them to the POST Partners volunteer coordinator.
Step six: Renewal
Within 60 days of the term expiration, POST Partners groups must submit a written request to the Parks and Recreation Department to continue with their adoption activities.