Adopting a Site

Working together to improve Tucson!

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

How to Adopt a Site

  • Be an active volunteer.  Get a group together: at least 5 members from your neighborhood association, school, civic club, religious organization, work place or even among your friends.
  • Select a group leader and alternate.  Your team leaders are essential for a safe and positive experience, and for your group’s continued success at your adopted site.
  • adoptamapPick 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 sites (requires the free Adobe Flash Player). Let us know on your Interest Form or call (520) 837-6834 if you need help selecting a site.
  • Submit your Interest Form online, or fill out and return a printable Interest Form or email attachment at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance of your preferred start date for projects.  This will allow time for TCB to assist you in getting your site and group organized for a successful project.
  • Meet with Adopt-a-Park & Public Areas program coordinator 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).
  • 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, let the Adopt-a-Park program coordinator know, as your group leader information can also be added to TCB’s volunteer opportunity list.
  • Report on your group’s activity. Group leaders complete an online Volunteer Report or download a printable/email attachment Volunteer Report form after each clean up, to track cleanup progress 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.
  • By adopting a public site here in Tucson, 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.
  • Local service clubs, civic associations, sports teams, youth organizations, church congregations, special-interest groups, fraternal organizations, schools, businesses, neighborhoods, military and scout troops, and other groups of at least five people are welcome to adopt a public area.
  • You will be able to take pride in the fact that you are 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!

Additional Notes:

  • Individuals and small groups: This program is not designed for individual volunteers, or groups of less than 4. Visit our volunteer opportunities page for existing ongoing projects that may welcome additional individual volunteers and small groups.
  • Court-ordered community service: Tucson Clean & Beautiful is not able to accommodate or supervise requests for individual court-ordered community service. Consider contacting our friends at Habitat for Humanity, the Community Food Bank, Tucson Parks & Recreation, and other agencies that can offer community service opportunities with on-site supervision. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona may also be able to provide contact information for other agencies welcoming community service.
  • “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, call (520) 837-6834 or email adoptapark@tucsonaz.gov.