By Gisele Shaw
Friday, August 7, 2015 10:00 am ·  1 Comment
The Town of Oakville is encouraging residents and community groups to embrace their green space by becoming Park Ambassadors.
Formerly known as the Adopt-A-Park/Trail program, the newly updated and renamed Park Ambassador program allows an individual, family, corporation or group to help maintain Oakville’s parks and trails and keep them litter free.
“Becoming a Park Ambassador is a great opportunity to enjoy our green space and contribute to a cleaner and more attractive community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This unique partnership between residents and the town helps support Oakville’s livability.”
Park Ambassadors are required to make a minimum two-year commitment and conduct at least three park or trail cleanups annually with supplies provided by the town. As part of their responsibilities they record their clean up activity and report any damage caused by storms, vandalism, graffiti or illegal dumping to the town.
In exchange for their volunteer service, Park Ambassadors are recognized with a sign bearing their name at the entrance of the park or trail they are caring for, a Park Ambassador pin, acknowledgement on the town’s website and a personal letter of thanks from the Mayor.
“Caring for a park or trail is a unique way to connect with your neighbourhood and enjoy the incredible outdoor spaces that Oakville has to offer,” said Tim Mann, a Park Ambassador who cares for the north section of the Morrison Valley Trail. “I would recommend it to anyone looking for a meaningful way to contribute to their community.”
With more than 340 parks, playgrounds and sports fields and 280 woodland parks and trails, there are plenty of opportunities for citizens, schools, youth groups and corporations to get involved and lend a helping hand.
For more information or to access an application form, visit oakville.ca.
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