Anthem Parkside offers its Adopt-A-Park program to local residents, providing an opportunity for them to make a meaningful contribution in their neighborhoods and in the Anthem community by assuming some responsibility for the tidiness and safety of their neighborhood parks. This program is generally similar to those of many US cities, and to Adopt-A-Highway programs of many states and counties throughout the US. In their program, a person, family, or group can volunteer to sponsor a nearby neighborhood park and help keep it in top shape.
Routine contract servicing and maintenance of the parks, provided by DLC Landscape, is normally adequate, but sometimes conditions develop between service visits (litter, damage, etc), and at those times the “Park Sponsor” (or simply Sponsor) can help by tidying and by reporting unsafe and unusual conditions. The Sponsor might also choose to encourage activities in the park that would promote neighborhood appreciation of the park.
Adopt-A-Park provisions are as follows:
1) The Sponsor must reside in Anthem and preferably live within a reasonably short walking or biking distance of the adopted park.
2) A Sponsor may be an individual, a couple or a family, a small neighborhood group of friends, or a young person earning community service credits, as coordinated between the Parkside Manager and organization leaders.
3) Prospective Sponsors must apply to the Parkside Manager using a standard form available in OnLineAtAnthem.com at APCA documents.
4) Sponsors are asked to check their parks frequently (at least once each week), pick up litter, tidy the ramada and play structure (remove tape and old party decorations, etc), scoop objectionable poop , and report park damages and equipment breakages and other issues to the Parkside Manager. Other assistances, such as sweeping sand and gravel from walkways and tot turf (a slipping hazard), are encouraged.
5) Sponsors are at their own risk of injury, as are all park users.
6) Sponsors will be recognized by Parkside unless the Sponsor requests otherwise. Such recognition may be one or more of the following: 1- a Sponsor List published in OnLineAtAnthem.com; or 2- an article including the Sponsor List appearing periodically in a local publication or newsletter.
7) Sponsors serve for an initial, renewable, period of two (2) years; in the case of young people in community service, one (1) year may be approved. Sponsorships are terminable by Sponsors and by Anthem Parkside with 30-days notice.