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City hopes to renew Adopt A Park program

Posted: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The public is about to be formally invited to reinvigorate its ownership of the city’s parks and trails.

This is not a new mission for the city of Florence. The Adopt-A-Park program has raised its prospects over the years, but has yet to really take off.

With the energy and resources provided by a young intern, Katya Reyna, a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) participant, the city hopes to once again land a program that works and supports its 15 parks and five trails (with potentially more to come). Some of the parks already have a cadre of volunteers that cares for it, but others are looking a little neglected and could stand to be “adopted” by individuals, agencies or businesses willing to volunteer their time, work ethic and care.

Reyna will be around through most of the summer, and then, after her departure, her efforts will be shifted over to the parks supervisor, Mark Durbin, and senior planner Wendy Farley-Campbell, who is soon expected to return to Florence after her recent military deployment to the Middle East. Farley-Campbell proposed an Adopt-A-Park program in 2011 that because of a lack of resources and volunteers never made much headway. Some of Reyna’s focus and accomplishments may deem this latest effort a success.

For the complete article see the 05-22-2013 issue.

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