Adopt a Park, Street or Median

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The Adopt-a-Spot program allows volunteers to adopt public spaces like parks, medians and roadways for regular litter cleanups and other maintenance activities. Adoptions are great for any group who wants to have a positive and lasting impact on the environment, including:

  • Businesses
  • Neighborhood Groups
  • Civic Organizations
  • Scouts
  • Faith Groups
  • Environmental Clubs

Make sure your group wants to make a long-term commitment before beginning the adoption process, as all adoptions require at least a two-year agreement.

Spotlight

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This month's spotlight is The Brent Rowan Hyder Foundation for their Adopt-A-Park service at Lake Como. They have invested over 4024 hours of labor in this project and removed and replaced over 35 dead trees.  Their team was also able to remove invasive privet, trash, and other debris from in and around Lake Como. 

Litter-only adoptions

Regular litter cleanups are the most common activity for groups that want to be a part of the Adopt-a-Spot program. If your group wants to focus on litter cleanups, with an occasional planting or beautification project, choose the Litter-Only Adoption. We can work with you on a case-by-case basis for other projects.

To begin a Litter-Only Adoption, contact Keep Fort Worth Beautiful or call 817-392-2046.

Maintenance adoptions

If you or a contractor want to perform activities in addition to regular litter cleanups like mowing and irrigation, this requires a formal contract with the city. The contract is for a minimum of two years and you or your contractor may be required to provide proof of insurance.

To begin a Maintenance Adoption, contact Rebekah Doyle in Park & Recreation or call 817-392-5722.

Winter and irrigation

Winter is coming and temperatures will soon drop to near or below freezing at night. Fort Worth Water Conservation reminds city facilities with irrigation systems about proper care and maintenance of them during winter.

To protect irrigation systems and prevent safety hazards from ice on roads and sidewalks:

  • Rain/freeze sensors should be inspected and repaired to working order. Be sure to check batteries. Freeze sensors automatically shut off irrigation systems when temperature drop to at or near freezing.

  • Irrigation systems should be turned off from November through March. Be sure to shut off the water and drain the system.

  • Bermuda grass is now dormant and does not need watering. Plants can be hand watered if rainfall is not sufficient.

  • Over-seeding with rye grass should not be used on city properties.

  • Watering of golf courses and athletic field turf should only be used to protect playing surfaces and for user safety. City departments may water only on Tuesday and Friday and never between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Inspect any system in use to make sure spray heads are not watering any hard surfaces.

If you have questions about outdoor watering requirements or winter irrigation system use, please email the Water Conservation team or call 817-392-8740.