MARSHALL – The City of Marshall “Adopt-a-park” The program has had a successful year, city staff said this week. Community members and groups embraced Marshall’s 13 parks, and from April to October they volunteered, like picking up litter.
“My hopes were to get half of the parks adopted. Obviously, we have gone beyond that ”, Parks Superintendent Marshall Preston Stensrud said. While the parks service is still at its normal level, Adopt-a-Park attendees are giving the city extra help in keeping the parks clean, he said. They also help keep an eye out for issues such as vandalism or dangerous objects.
“Anytime you can get extra hands and extra pairs of eyes, it’s going to be beneficial.” he said.
Adopt-a-Park volunteers are responsible for a one-year commitment, Stensrud said. The city provides volunteers with garbage bags and a pickup for park clean-up events, and participants are responsible for cleaning the parks once a month between April and October.
Participants in the Adopt-a-Park program ranged from individual community members and families to clubs and church groups.
“The Liberty Park was adopted by the young people of the Holy Redeemer, and during the summer months the cleaning was carried out by a group of children ranging from 1st to 12th grade,” Becki Johnson said. “Taking care of a park they have played in has helped them realize how they should treat their environment when they are at the park so that no one else has to pick up their trash. It also allowed them to see the difference they can make in our city, regardless of their age.
In addition to keeping parks attractive, litter collection helps keep litter out of ponds and rivers, and prevents animals from eating litter, city staff said.
“There was a lot of traction and a lot of good comments”, Stensrud said of the program. Several community groups that adopted parks this summer have already reengaged for next year, and other community members are trying to get involved.
“We are very fortunate to have such supportive community members who see the importance of taking care of our urban parks” said Stensrud. “On behalf of the Town of Marshall, I want to express our gratitude to all of the volunteers who have chosen to dedicate their time and effort to help keep our parks beautiful and clean for all to enjoy. “
A registration form for the Adopt-a-Park program is available on the Town of Marshall website.
In a press release, the City of Marshall said it would like to thank the following volunteers for their dedication and service to the area’s parks this year:
• Town of Marshall Welfare Committee, Legion Field Park
• SWHHS Circle Program, Victory Park
• Stanley Busy Beavers Club 4-H, archery park
• Basic education for adults in the southwest, independence park
• Shanda Walker and her family, Loyalty Dog Park
• Catholic ministries of the Saint-Rédempteur campus / Club Newman, Justice Park
• Marshall Community Center for Adults, Memorial Park
• Family of the late Hank and Bettie Karlstad, Amateur Sports Complex
• Marshall United Soccer Association, Channel Parkway complex
• Voigt family, Patriot Park
• Jamie Brigger, Liberty Park
• Youth of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Liberty Park
• Cornerstone Church Troop 320 Pack 320, Allegiance Park