MARSHALL – The city of Marshalls “Adopt a Park” The program has had a successful year, city officials said this week. Parishioners and groups took over all of Marshall’s 13 parks, and from April through October they did volunteer work such as picking up trash.
“My hope was that half of the parks would be adopted. Of course we exceeded that. “ said Marshall Parks Superintendent Preston Stensrud. While the parks department is still manned at normal levels, Adopt-a-Park attendees are giving the city extra help in keeping the parks clean, he said. They also help keep an eye out for concerns like vandalism or dangerous items.
“Anytime you can get extra hands and extra pairs of eyes, it will be beneficial.” he said.
Adopt-a-Park’s volunteers are responsible for a one-year engagement, said Stensrud. The city provides rubbish bags and collections to volunteers for park cleaning events, and participants are responsible for cleaning the parks once a month between April and October.
The participants in the Adopt-a-Park program ranged from individual parishioners and families to clubs and church groups.
“Liberty Park was adopted by the youth of the Holy Savior, and during the summer months the cleanup was carried out by a group of children in grades 1-12.” said Becki Johnson. “Maintaining a park they played in has helped them become more aware of how to treat their environment when they are in the park so that someone else doesn’t have to pick up their trash. It also enabled them to see the difference they can make in our city, no matter how old they are. “
In addition to making parks more attractive, trash picking up helps keep the trash out of ponds and rivers and prevents animals from eating trash, city officials said.
“It got a lot of traction and a lot of good feedback.” Stensrud said about the program. Several community groups that adopted parks this summer have already re-signed for next year, and other community members are signing up to participate.
“We are very fortunate to have such supportive community members who see the value of taking care of our city parks.” said Stensrud. “On behalf of the City of Marshall, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who have chosen to devote their time and effort to keeping our parks nice and clean for everyone to enjoy.”
A registration form for the Adopt-a-Park program is available on the City of Marshall website.
In a press release, the City of Marshall said it would like to thank the following volunteers for their dedication and service to the parks in the area this year:
• Marshall City Wellness Committee, Legion Field Park
• SWHHS Circle Program, Victory Park
• Stanley Busy Beavers 4-H Club, Archery Park
• Southwest Adult Basic Education, Independence Park
• Shanda Walker and Family, Loyalty Dog Park
• Holy Redeemer Catholic Campus Ministries / Newman Club, Justice Park
• Marshall Adult Community Center, Memorial Park
• Family of the late Hank and Bettie Karlstad, amateur sports complex
• Marshall United Soccer Association, Channel Parkway Complex
• Voigt family, Patriot Park
• Jamie Brigger, Freedom Park
• Youth of the Church of the Holy Savior, Liberty Park
• Cornerstone Church Troop 320 Pack 320, Allegiance Park