Chapter 14.28


14.28.010    Purpose.

14.28.020    Policy.

14.28.030    Definitions.

14.28.040    Program Manager – Responsibilities.

14.28.050    Program Coordinator – Responsibilities.

14.28.060    Volunteer Organization – Responsibilities.

14.28.070    Program Rules.

14.28.080    Limited Litter Removal Activities.

14.28.010 Purpose.

The purpose of the Adopt-A-Park program is to provide guidance for the administration of the Adopt-A-Park program on public parks managed by Pierce County. (Ord. 97-27 § 1 (part), 1997)

14.28.020 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. (Ord. 97-27 § 1 (part), 1997)

14.28.030 Definitions.

A.    Adopt-A-Park program: A County-wide opportunity whereby volunteer organizations (i.e., organizations which volunteer) may contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of Pierce County's parks by adopting a County park or section of a park and providing regular maintenance and litter control.

B.    Adopt-A-Park sign: A sign on each park section referring to the Department's Adopt-A-Park program and identifying the volunteer organization responsible for that site.

C.    Adopt-A-Park application: A document to be completed by a volunteer organization to apply for the Adopt-A-Park program.

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

E.    Volunteer Organization: Any organization empowered by law to enter into contractual agreements which permit volunteers to participate in the Adopt-A-Park 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 § 4 (part), 1999; Ord. 97-27 § 1 (part), 1997)

14.28.040 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-Park Program.

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

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

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

(Ord. 97-27 § 1 (part), 1997)

14.28.050 Program Coordinator – Responsibilities.

The responsibilities of the Program Coordinator are as follows:

A.    Coordinate and facilitate the Pierce County Adopt-A-Park program.

B.    Assign volunteer organizations a County park or section of a park for which to develop a regular maintenance and litter removal schedule.

C.    Have erected and maintained Adopt-A-Park 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-Park agreements 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 parks assigned to volunteer organizations should be monitored periodically to ensure that the degree of maintenance is in compliance with the Adopt-A-Park agreement.

(Ord. 97-27 § 1 (part), 1997)

14.28.060 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-Park application for County review.

C.    Submit a signed Adopt-A-Park agreement to Pierce County.

D.    Provide training for all participants using the safety information and training aides 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 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.

G.    Provide County-approved materials and supplies.

(Ord. 97-27 § 1 (part), 1997)

14.28.070 Program Rules.

Any organization which volunteers may be authorized to participate in the Adopt-A-Park program by providing regular maintenance and litter control of County parks in accordance with the terms prescribed on an Adopt-A-Park 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-Park 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 to a park or section of a park on a "first-come-first-served" basis.

D.    Volunteer organizations shall be assigned a park or a section of a park for a minimum of three years. Adopt-A-Park 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-Park program shall have a designated representative.

F.    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-Park program.

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

H.    Volunteer organizations may not conduct maintenance activities without having a fully executed Adopt-A-Park agreement.

(Ord. 97-27 § 1 (part), 1997)

14.28.080 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 14.28.060 and PCC 14.28.070 E. through H. shall continue to apply to the volunteer organization or individual;

3.    The requirements of PCC 14.28.050 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 § 4 (part), 1999)