BOONE, Iowa—The topic of adopting a park or being a park watcher has come up a few times for the Boone Park Commission, but this week, the Commission did take formal action to make the two volunteer programs available to the public. Both would have to work through the Park Superintendent. The “Adopt-A-Park” program is a little more formal and would include a contract between individuals or organizations to “Adopt-A-Park”. Adopting a park would mean the volunteers or groups would walk through the park and pick up litter, report any minor repairs or damage, maybe do some painting and so on. The “Neighborhood Park Watch” is not much different, asking a volunteer or group to walk through the park, pickup litter, monitor and report on issues and again, all to the Park Superintendent. Working with the Park Superintendent is necessary, because people will be doing things that may affect the public space creating additional liability.
Park Commission members wanted to move ahead with both programs because of the timing. The programs are not meant to cut short plans for a video security system. That is still in the works, even though a January fund raiser got icy. Additional plans to move ahead with the fund raising efforts is expected to continue. For those wishing to find out more about the “Adopt-A-Park” or the “Neighborhood Park Watch” programs, contact the Boone Park Superintendent at 432-6454 and leave a message.