Adopt a Park & Public Areas

Working together to improve Tucson!

Our greatest is need is volunteer groups that wish to make an ongoing (at least monthly) commitment to stewardship of a public area such as a park, street, wash, path, or traffic circle.

How to Adopt a Site

  • Get a group together: Gather at least 5 members from your neighborhood association, school, civic club, sports team, scout and youth group, religious organization, workplace military division – or even among your friends.
  • Note: We are unable to adopt a site to individuals, nor coordinate individual community service projects –  and besides, it is more fun to volunteer and serve with others! If you are not affiliated with any groups, see our Volunteer Opportunities page for other groups that can sometimes accommodate additional individual volunteers.
  • Select a group leader and alternate.  Your team leaders are essential for communicating with Tucson Clean & Beautiful, arranging with us for supplies, and for your group’s safe and positive experience and continued success as stewards at your adopted site.
  • Pick an appropriate site for your group. We are especially seeking assistance for gateway street thoroughfares, and there are a variety of other sites available for volunteer groups to choose from. See the map of available site.  If you’re not sure, let us know on your Interest Form what area of town your group would like to volunteer (cross-streets or zip code is great) or call (520) 837-6834 or email if you need help selecting a site.
  • Submit your Site Adoption Interest Form online, or fill out and return a printable/scannable form at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance of your preferred start date for projects.  This will allow time for TCB to assist you in getting your project approved, provide supplies, and arrange a meeting to get group organized for a successful project.
  • Meet with Adopt-a-Park & Public Areas program staff before your project to review project parameters, obtain supplies and prepare for your project day. (You can also obtain additional supplies in the future as needed). Supplies are checked out to groups without charge for the length of their project, though any missing items are charged our replacement cost. Items damaged during normal volunteer use can be returned for repair or replacement at no cost. (We also accept tax-deductible membership donations in support of our programs, though this is not required to volunteer!
  • Publicize the project schedule and plans to your volunteer team! Regularly/advance-scheduled events are the most successful! If your group is willing to have outside volunteers assist (including court-ordered community service), let the Adopt-a-Park program staff know, as your group leader information can also be added to TCB’s volunteer opportunity list for other individuals to join.
  • For ongoing projects: your group agrees to visit that site at least once or twice a month (depending on the site needs) to help remove litter and debris, and to make note of any condition at the site requiring attention by maintenance employees.
  • Report on your group’s activity. Group leaders complete an online Volunteer Report (a copy will be sent back to you too) or download and return a printable/scannable Volunteer Report after each clean up, to track your cleanup progress and report any maintenance needs. and maintain communication with partnering government agencies. Regular cleanups and a report form are required to continue as a recognized volunteer group in good standing!
  • Be recognized as part of the solution in your community! After successful completion of a six-month evaluation period, TCB and our partnering agencies will recognize your group’s ongoing stewardship commitment with a sign and ceremony at your adopted site. Your group can take pride in keeping our parks and streets safe and beautiful for all of us to enjoy. The investment you make is truly an investment in your community’s environment and quality of life!

Additional Notes:

  • “In Memory Of” signs not available: Adopt-a-Park & Public Areas program guidelines do not permit “In Memory Of” adoptions or recognition signage naming individuals for sites administered by TCB. A company or organization may volunteer to become stewards of a site with project recognition in that group’s name for a project inspired by loved ones. Or, consider purchasing a commemorative tree dedication to honor those you care about, for any reason! Parents or guardians of deceased children, regardless of age or circumstance, may also request engraving of the child’s name at one or both of the area children’s memorials.

For more information, email or call (520) 837-6834.

Program History

The first Adopt-a-Park project was held at “A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak) on July 26, 1984 when a coalition of city and county government leaders, the business community, and volunteers from community organizations joined forces. This is the original Tucson Clean & Beautiful program, and serves as our foundation in continuing to work with community volunteer groups to improve our environment and quality of life.

Since its inception, Tucson Clean & Beautiful volunteers have contributed over 300,000 service hours at parks, washes, streets, paths/trails, and other public sites, including over 20,000 hours – valued at over $400,000 – just in the past year!

Several new groups are just starting projects, and a handful of dedicated groups have continued their Adopt-a-Park & Public Areas commitment for more than two decades! Presently there are over 300 sites adopted by community groups. Take a look at the new map of available and adopted sites.

Thank you to our volunteer groups such as students from the University of Arizona who documented many of their volunteer efforts at many Tucson area organizations, and KOLD News 13 for its coverage!

For more information, email or call (520) 837-6834.