Adopt a Trail Sign

ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS AND IMPROVE THE BEAUTY OF YOUR COMMUNITY AT THE SAME TIME!

ADOPT TODAY!

You or your civic group, church, or school can make a direct contribution to our community and our County parks by adopting a portion of a trail or park within the El Paso County parks system. All it takes is some caring, time, and a little effort.

Groups and individuals can participate by visiting the adopted site at least twice a year to pick up trash, look for signs of vandalism, and report any problems. Special work projects may include flower or tree planting, repairing trails or other projects as developed in collaboration with the Parks Supervisor.

1. PURPOSE
• To provide opportunities for organized groups to make specific volunteer contributions in
time and talent for the purpose of enriching their County Regional Parks and Trails.
2. GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
• Provide fun and skill-building volunteer opportunities that contribute to the
beautification of El Paso County’s Regional Parks and Trails.
• Increase awareness of County parks and trails.
• Encourage and recognize volunteer contributions and efforts.

3. GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION
• The program is available to any organized group located in El Paso County.
• Volunteers will clean-up their adopted area a minimum of twice per
year – Spring & Fall.
• Volunteers are encouraged to visit their adopted area at least once per month
for the period April to October each year and thereafter as weather permits.
• Volunteers shall provide services for a minimum period of one year.
• An adult must supervise groups with members under the age of 18.

4. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The volunteer group shall agree to provide the following level of services:
• Trash/Litter – General cleanup and removal of litter within the defined area of
responsibility. The volunteer group shall provide bags and assure trash is
deposited in appropriate receptacles (if available) or taken off-site for proper
disposal.
• Inspection for Maintenance or Safety Concerns – Volunteer groups shall
complete and return an inspection checklist documenting the date, number of
volunteers, and hours worked for each visit. The inspection checklist is an
important tool to evaluate facilities and document volunteer contributions to the El Paso County park system.
• Groups shall provide Volunteer Waivers for all volunteers throughout the term
of the adoption.
• Volunteer groups shall provide their own transportation and tools as necessary
to accomplish the requirements of the program.
• Volunteer groups shall agree to abide by County park regulations.
• A designated Group Leader will be required for each organization to serve as
the liaison with the Community Outreach Coordinator.
The Group Leader will be responsible for signing the Agreement, scheduling
work dates, and ensuring compliance with the Agreement.
• Volunteers may request a specific park or area for adoption; however, adoption
areas are subject to availability and may be closed for safety reasons.
• Volunteer groups are encouraged to identify and coordinate special projects
within their adopted area with El Paso County Parks. Such activities are
optional on the part of the Adopt-A-Trail / Park Group. Special projects include
such activities as conducting user surveys, mapping, pulling noxious weeds,
planting flowers, building benches and repairing trails.
• The Volunteer group may donate funds or conduct fund-raisers for materials to
be designated for projects within the adopted area. Materials have included
trees, wildflower seed, benches, bike racks, horse hitches, playground
equipment, interpretive displays, videos and books.

5. ADOPTIVE GROUP BENEFITS
Benefits to the adoptive group in exchange for meeting the minimum
responsibilities as outlined above, each adoptive group will receive:
1. Recognition on the County Parks website: www.elpasocountyparks.com
2. One sign posted at the adopted area acknowledging the adoption.
3. One free pavilion rental each calendar year.

6. COUNTY PARK RESPONSIBILITIES
El Paso County Parks agrees to provide the following:
• A designated County Parks liaison to communicate with the assigned volunteer
group leader regarding the performance of their regular duties and special work
days.
• Staff coordination and assistance as needed in the accomplishment of optional
special projects.
• Sign(s) at the adopted site for identification and recognition of the volunteer
group. Signs will be ordered once the group has served with the program for
six months.
• Removal of any excess trash collected by the group if trash receptacles are
filled or not available on site. The group leader must contact the Community
Outreach Coordinator or Park Maintenance Supervisor following clean-up and
to notify of where the trash collection bags can be retrieved.

Dana Nordstrom, Community Outreach Coordinator
Community Outreach Division
El Paso County Community Services Department
2002 Creek Crossing
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: 719-520-6983
DanaNordstrom@elpasoco.com