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Published on June 4, 2021

Adopt-A-Park 2021 Recap

In celebration of World Environment Day on Saturday, June 5, MetroParks wants to give a virtual high five to all our amazing Adopt-A-Park volunteers for their stellar job sprucing up their favorite MetroParks, greenspaces and back yards this year.

As you may remember, Adopt-A-Park was different this year due to the pandemic. This past April, volunteers picked up free Adopt-a-Park service kits so they could beautify natural spaces safely on their own time. More than 250 Adopt-A-Park service kits were picked up, and 363 people participated in this year’s Earth Day clean up challenge — almost half of them were children. Way to go, kiddos!

Here is Adopt-a-Park by the numbers:

Participants reported picking up litter at 40 locations throughout the Miami Valley in April 2021, including parks, neighborhoods, churches, trails, riverbanks and schools.

  • Trash collected: 8,782 pounds (That’s almost as much as an Asian elephant weighs!)
  • Recycling collected: 4,774 pounds

That is a grand total of 13,556 pounds of litter removed from natural spaces across the Miami Valley — an average of 37 pounds per participant.

Additionally, MetroParks’ long-term volunteers were invited to participate in a smaller, in-person Adopt-A-Park service day on April 17. The 74 volunteers collected 475 pounds of trash and 31 pounds of recycling. Additionally, these volunteers cleared trails, removed invasive species and planted more than 300 native trees and shrubs in your MetroParks.

Adopt-A-Park was sponsored by Montgomery County Environmental Services and Keep Montgomery County Beautiful.