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John Waring: Glendora, California, Adopt-A-Park Program

A proud and community-oriented citizen of Glendora, California, John Waring enjoys supporting local and regional initiatives, including area chapters of the Surfrider Foundation and the American Red Cross. In the future, John Waring hopes to work with the Glendora Adopt-A-Park initiative.

The Adopt-A-Park program offers private citizens and local organizations the opportunities to clean and preserve city-owned neighborhood parks and facilities. The program focuses on education as much as it does on park preservation and maintenance by showing citizens the amount of time and energy that goes into up-keeping publicly owned parks and athletic structures.

To adopt a park, a group leader or individual first fills out the necessary paperwork (available online or at the city offices). All members of a group must sign a volunteer waiver agreement; minors need a parent or guardian signature to participate. City staff then approves or declines the adoption. If approved, the adopting group or individual must undergo city-led training and must agree to follow certain safety guidelines, as well as park and facility rules and regulations. Volunteers may perform any number of tasks in the week-to-week maintenance of their adopted park, including litter collection, graffiti removal, planting, and painting.