Over the years, the citizens and businesses in Sidney and Shelby County have been very giving to the city’s parks department. Before the coordinated effort of the Adopt-a-Park program, which was established in 2014, many park patrons would pick up trash, remove trees and limbs from the trails on their own, without any recognition. In addition, they would take time out of their busy schedule to inform the department about a safety issue in one of the many Sidney parks.
With the implementation of Adopt-a-Park, the efforts of the local citizens and businesses have been more focused on specific projects such as landscaping, painting, brush clearing and trash removal. In years prior to the pandemic, volunteers had logged more than 1000 hours in the city parks and at Graceland Cemetery. Many of the hours are through this improvement program that brings community pride to Sidney. Not only the improved appearance but also by the ownership that the adopters have after working on painting the shelter, picnic tables and signs or mulching the shrub beds along the entrance to Sidney in “their” park or anywhere else the groups are working to make their community a better place to live.
Adopt-a-Park is a citywide program that elicits support of the city’s vast parks system. Adopters volunteer their time and resources to provide general care and maintenance of these parks. The program engages those in the community that want to give back by helping with maintaining the safety and appearance of city parks.
We still have many neighborhood parks and locations within Tawawa Park available for adoption if someone has an interest. This is for companies, families, churches, service groups or any group that would like to organize to make a difference in their city. Please follow the link below for the application or call the parks office at, 498-8155 for additional information.