Chapter 14.24


14.24.010    Purpose.

14.24.020    Policy.

14.24.030    Definitions.

14.24.040    Program Manager – Responsibilities.

14.24.050    Program Coordinator – Responsibilities.

14.24.060    Volunteer Organization – Responsibilities.

14.24.070    Program Rules.

14.24.080    Limited Litter Removal Activities.

14.24.010 Purpose.

The purpose of the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program is to provide guidance for the administration of the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program on County public trails. (Ord. 94-79 § 1 (part), 1994)

14.24.020 Policy.

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services Department shall work in partnership with citizen volunteers to reduce maintenance costs and to build civic pride in Pierce County's system of parks and trails. (Ord. 94-79 § 1 (part), 1994)

14.24.030 Definitions.

A.    Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program: A County-wide public trail opportunity whereby volunteer organizations (i.e., organizations which volunteer) may contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of Pierce County's trails by adopting sections of County trails and providing regular maintenance along those sections.

B.    Adopt-A-Trail Sign: A sign on each trail section referring to the Department's Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program and identifying the volunteer organization responsible for that section.

C.    Adopt-A-Trail Application: A document to be completed by a volunteer organization to apply for the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program.

D.    Adopt-A-Trail Agreement: A contract agreement between Pierce County and a volunteer organization participating in the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program that delineates the responsibilities of both parties.

E.    Volunteer Organization: Any organization empowered by law to enter into contractual agreements which volunteers to participate in the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program.

F.    "Solid Waste Division" means the Solid Waste Division of the Department of Planning and Public Works, or successor organization, responsible for solid waste management planning pursuant to Chapter 70.95 RCW.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 99-36S § 3 (part), 1999; Ord. 94-79 § 1 (part), 1994)

14.24.040 Program Manager – Responsibilities.

The responsibilities of the Program Manager are as follows:

A.    Establish and maintain standard procedures to provide uniform implementation of the County's Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program.

B.    Provide, maintain, and update a standardized application form, registration form, and contractual agreement form for implementation of the Adopt-A Trail Maintenance Program.

C.    Approve all material, information packets, signs, logos, and any other items or materials used to implement and promote the County-wide Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program.

D.    Maintain a master record of all Adopt-A-Trail applications and agreements executed County-wide.

E.    Appoint a Program Coordinator to coordinate and facilitate the Adopt-A-Trail Program.

(Ord. 94-79 § 1 (part), 1994)

14.24.050 Program Coordinator – Responsibilities.

The responsibilities of the Program Coordinator are as follows:

A.    Coordinate and facilitate the Pierce County Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program.

B.    Assign volunteer organizations a section of County trails from which to develop a regular maintenance schedule.

C.    Have erected and maintained Adopt-A-Trail Signs with the name and/or acronym of volunteer organizations at the assigned areas.

D.    Pick up brush piles and other refuse assembled by the volunteer organization.

E.    Provide safety information and training aids to the volunteer organizations for use in their in-house training of their participants.

F.    Maintain records of any injuries and incidents that may occur during participation in the program.

G.    Submit a copy of executed Adopt-A-Trail Agreement to the Program Manager.

H.    Contact each participating volunteer organization annually to express appreciation for their participation, remind them of their responsibilities, and inquire if they plan to renew at the end of the current agreement period. Sections of County trails assigned to volunteer organizations should be monitored periodically to ensure that the degree of maintenance is in compliance with the Adopt-A-Trail Agreement.

(Ord. 94-79 § 1 (part), 1994)

14.24.060 Volunteer Organization – Responsibilities.

The responsibilities of each volunteer organization are as follows:

A.    Name a designated Volunteer Organization Representative.

B.    Submit a completed Adopt-A-Trail application for County review.

C.    Submit a signed Adopt-A-Trail Agreement to Pierce County.

D.    Provide training for all participants using the safety information and training aids provided by the Program Coordinator.

E.    Provide all hand tools, which may include clippers, rakes, axes, hand sickles, brush saws, shovels, wheelbarrows, pruners, grub hoes, brooms and any other appropriate tools.

F.    Provide all power tools, which may include line trimmers, brush cutters, lawn mowers, chain saws, power edgers, blowers, hedge pruners and any other appropriate tools.

NOTE: Only volunteers 18 and over may use power tools.

(Ord. 94-79 § 1 (part), 1994)

14.24.070 Program Rules.

Any organization which volunteers may be authorized to participate in the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program by providing regular maintenance within an assigned section of County trails in accordance with the terms prescribed on an Adopt-A-Trail Agreement, subject to the following rules:

A.    A volunteer organization shall not be eligible whose name:

1.    Endorses or opposes a particular candidate for public office.

2.    Advocates a position on a specific political issue, initiative, referendum, or piece of legislation.

3.    Includes a reference to a political party.

B.    Volunteer organizations that have not complied with a previous Adopt-A-Trail Agreement shall not be eligible for a period of three years following the termination date of the previous Agreement.

C.    Volunteer organizations shall be assigned trail sections on a "first-come-first-served" basis. Generally the sections should be a minimum of two miles long. Volunteer organizations should be encouraged to adopt trail sections contiguous with other sections adopted by other volunteer organizations. Neighborhood areas with several sections of trail with a minimum total of two miles long may be assigned.

D.    Volunteer organizations shall be assigned a trail section for a minimum of three years. Adopt-A-Trail Agreements can be terminated by either party upon 30 days notice. Agreements may be extended for additional three-year terms. Volunteer organizations assigned sections shall have first right of renewal for that section.

E.    Each volunteer organization participating in the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program shall have a designated representative.

F.    All participants shall be at least 14 years of age. All participants shall sign the "Adopt-A-Trail" registration form.

G.    Written parental consent shall be submitted to the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services Department for all minors (under 18 years of age) prior to participating in the Adopt-A-Trail Maintenance Program.

H.    During regular maintenance there shall be at least one adult supervisor present from the organization for every four minors.

I.    Volunteer organizations may not conduct maintenance activities without having a fully executed Adopt-A-Trail Agreement.

(Ord. 94-79 § 1 (part), 1994)

14.24.080 Limited Litter Removal Activities.

A.    If the Solid Waste Division refers a volunteer organization or individual to the Department pursuant to PCC 8.31.060 D., the following provisions apply:

1.    The Department may authorize the volunteer organization or individual to collect litter from trails on a limited basis;

2.    The requirements of PCC 14.24.060 and PCC 14.24.070 E. through H. shall continue to apply to the volunteer organization or individual;

3.    The requirements of PCC 14.24.050 C. shall not apply to the Department; and

4.    The Department and the Solid Waste Division will enter into a written agreement pursuant to PCC 8.31.050 A. to coordinate activity required by this Section.

(Ord. 99-36S § 3 (part), 1999)