What is Adopt-A-Trail?
The purpose of this program is to assist park maintenance crews in litter control along the greenway system. An organization or group of individuals can adopt a section of trail for a period of one year.
Volunteers are recognized by a sign, with their organizational name, at each end of their section.
Adopters are responsible for litter control along their section of trail (usually 1 mile or less) at least twice per month.
What are the Adopt-A-Trail Policies?
- The adopting organization commits to a one-year period of adoption. At the end of that time, an organization can renew, change sections, or terminate.
- There is a two-year consecutive limit to this opportunity in the event that some other organization is waiting to adopt your section of the trail. If no other organization is waiting, you can continue to adopt it for another term.
- Monitoring of your section should be done at least twice per month.
- The City of White House will provide the trash bags and will be responsible for collecting and disposing of the filled bags. The Parks Department should be notified in advance in order to schedule the collection of bags.
- The City of White House will place a sign at each end of your section crediting your organization for litter control.
Benefits of Adopting:
- Feel good about improving and preserving the beauty of White House!
- Help reduce City spending by volunteering your labor!
- Spend time with nature while performing a service for the community!
- Receive deserved recognition with your name placed on a sign at your adoption site!
Adopt-A-Trail Safety Guide
- Proper Attire
- Volunteers must wear gloves to protect hands from sharp objects. Leather work gloves are suggested. This will also help to protect against any poisonous plants or insects you might encounter.
- Only wear closed toe shoes. Leather shoes or boots with good soles are recommended.
- Greenway Safety
- No cars are allowed on the Greenway. Trailheads are designated parking areas for access to the trail.
- Do not lean over bridge railings.
- Volunteers are not permitted to mow, trim, or prune at any time.
- Always look both ways before you cross the trail. It is sometimes hard to hear people on bicycles or roller blades coming toward you, and there could be a collision.
- All children must be supervised and must have a properly signed parental consent form. The suggested ratio is at least one supervisor for every three children under age 15. At least one adult must be present for groups of minors ages 15 to 18.
- Health Concerns
- Do not pick up anything that could be hazardous to your health. This includes needles, syringes, jagged glass, animal carcasses, or heavy objects. If in doubt, notify the Parks Department and let them know about the problem.
- Drinking water should be available to volunteers at all times.
- Adopters are required to have a First Aid kit on hand at all times. It is suggested that one or two of the volunteers should be familiar with CPR and general First Aid techniques in case of emergency.
- Know the phone number and the driving route to the nearest hospital. It is strongly encouraged that at least one volunteer carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.
- Sunscreen and insect repellant are good items to have on hand.
- Keep a list of any allergies that volunteers are known to have.