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Adopt-A-Park Program

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adoptaparkthumb_000About the Program | Download Application

  • Established in 2005 to allow non-political organizations, corporations, and groups to participate in maintaining and enhancing City of Chula Vista's neighborhood and community parks.
  • Recognizes participants with courtesy signs installed at each park.
  • Is designed to be fun and educational, to promote civic responsibility, community spirit and camaraderie.
  • Is designed to operate with a minimum of red tape and with minimum supervision by the Community Services Department, and is designed to allow citizens to work responsibly at their own convenience.

Program Details

  • All participants agree to pick up litter in a park for an acceptable period of time, usually two years. Community Services staff will conduct litter operations in these areas (days and times may vary).
  • City staff may provide trash bags and will dispose of filled bags if the adopter is unable to dispose of them.
  • Graffiti in the parks will be removed by City crews unless other arrangements have been made.

Adoptable Parks

  • The Adopt-A-Park Program applies to all types of parks - pocket (more than 2 acres), neighborhood and community parks maintained by the City of Chula Vista. For information on these parks, please email the Parks Manager.


  • The safety of Adopt-A-Park participants is always of the utmost importance.
  • Participants are responsible for personal safety and appropriate behavior when working within the boundaries of a City park.
  • Group liability waivers are required, agreeing to hold the City of Chula Vista harmless for injuries or property damage arising from any negligent action or nonconformance with these safety requirements. Proof of group insurance is also required.
  • Participants work without direct supervision by the Community Services Department. However, groups are required to have at least one adult supervisor for every 10 minors in the park.
  • Group leaders are responsible for conducting safety briefings for all participants prior to each cleanup event.
    • Safety topics should include:
      • Wearing proper safety gear and appropriate clothing
      • Staying away from traffic, and being alert at all times
      • Not working when weather is poor
      • Not touching potentially toxic/hazardous substances
      • Staying away from jagged objects, snakes or other hazards


  • The Parks Manager will make arrangements to obtain safety equipment such as gloves and litter bags. The Manager will also arrange for placement of recognition signs at your park site. Signs must be custom made for each project.
  • If you have any questions regarding the program, please email the Parks Manager.

Recognition Sign Design (Restrictions)

  • Adopt-A-Park signs are not intended to be an advertising medium. Therefore, no product names, slogans, phone or fax numbers, email or internet addresses are permitted on recognition signs.


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  • Adopt-A-Park requires an application. Simply fill out, sign the application and send it in. No application fee is required, but the applicant is required to accept several conditions, including a liability/waiver agreement.
  • Expect the process to take 2-3 weeks to allow time for any necessary coordination.
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