Program Information

Adopt-A-Trail Objectives

Objectives for the Adopt-a-Trail program are:

  • To ensure the continued enjoyment of trails in Puyallup parks and open spaces
  • To unite those interested in responsible land management practices through maintenance of trails and public education
  • To promote public land stewardship, physical fitness, and community

Stewards who choose to adopt a trail receive training and instruction on proper trail maintenance techniques. All necessary tools and equipment will be provided. The only requirement to adopt a trail is to have a genuine concern for the well-being of our natural resources. Garden clubs, scout troops, youth groups, individuals, special interest clubs, church organizations, families, neighborhood associations, students, school organizations and private businesses are encouraged to get involved. A one-year commitment is required. Adopt-a-Trail volunteers must be at least 12 years of age.


Volunteer Information

Once trained, volunteers are expected to:

  • Walk and observe the adopted section of trail
  • Remove trash and sticks from the trail
  • Report unusual or suspicious activities on the trail
  • Submit monthly reports to adopt-a-trail program manager
  • Perform a larger 'trail service project' at least once a year with Puyallup Parks and Recreation staff (may include spreading wood chips on trails, eradicating invasive plants, restoration plantings, building a new trail segment, or installing small structures such as bird houses, split rail fencing and/or bridges).

Recreation Duties

City of Puyallup Parks and Recreation will:

  • Orient individuals and/or groups to the Adopt-a-Trail program
  • Provide basic trail maintenance training
  • Provide trail maintenance tools and arrange for the use of trail maintenance equipment
  • Recognize volunteers with an annual appreciation to those who complete all 12 monthly reports and conduct at least one trail service work day during the adoption period

Volunteers are required to attend an on-site "walk-and-talk" training prior to beginning volunteer work.