Kauai officials unveil adopt-a-park program
LIHUE » Kauai officials yesterday announced an adopt-a-park program, modeled after other programs across the state.
The county will supply materials for cleanup, including bags and gloves, gardening tools, painting supplies, training, and safety equipment, and volunteers are in line to receive a T-shirt and a plaque for their hard work.
While many volunteers have taken their own initiative to take care of county parks, officials are looking for help with some of the neglected ones.
"We have more than 70 county parks on the island so we could really use the community's help with maintaining our parks, especially the small ones," said Eddie Sarita, a county volunteer coordinator.
"This would enable our public works personnel to focus on larger projects," he said.
The county is looking for everyone -- from families and church groups to senior citizens and businesses to get involved. Officials said an entire park or area within parks could be adopted, such as flower beds, bathrooms, or ball fields.
"Volunteers can help in a lot of different ways," Sarita said. "They could pick up litter, remove graffiti, sweep the courts and pathways, pull weeds, rake leaves, plant flowers or engage in approved projects."