The Adopt-a-Park, Trail, or Beach program gives a group of community members the opportunity to adopt a specific park or specified location. Groups should have at least four individuals to be qualified for the program. 

As an Adopt-a-Park volunteer, you may:

  • Paint and clean park benches, playground structures, BBQ’s
  • Pick up litter
  • Provide new park equipment with City approval
  • Remove graffiti
  • Remove weeds
  • Report park hazards


Carter Park - Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company
Coastside Trail -  Still Available
Frenchman’s Creek Park - Still Available
Oak Avenue Park - Still Available
Kehoe Park - Friends of Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation
Poplar Beach - Sea Crest School (school year) Coastside Children's Programs (Summer)
MacDutra Park - Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee
Smith Field Sports Facility -  Cameron's Restaurant, Pub and Inn
Ocean View Park - Bob Tucker and La Petite Baleen
Surfer's Beach - Adopted by Wilkinson's School

Information for Potential Volunteers

  • To ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants, adequate adult supervision should be provided by the group for participating youth younger than 18 years of age.
  • Clean-up duties should only occur during daylight hours and under favorable weather conditions, unless otherwise approved.
  • Ideally a one year commitment of service to your adopted park, trail or beach.
  • Recommend volunteers perform tasks at their location once a month.
  • The Adopt-a-Park Program can also be implemented on a project basis as needed.
  • Volunteer are required to complete and sign the City’s liability release form prior to participation.
  • Already established organizations or 501c3 must have an volunteer agreement with the City that includes both hold harmless/indemnification and additionally insured status with full certification of insurance.

Next Steps

  1. Call the Public Works Superintendent at 650-726-7177.
  2. The Public Works Superintendent will meet with the Volunteer Liaison prior to the first event to coordinate park needs and/or supplies. 
  3. A volunteer packet including volunteer rosters, liability release forms, and necessary contact information will be provided to the volunteer leader. 
  4. Clean up dates will be coordinated with Public Works and will be scheduled around special events, park usage, or other planned cleanups.
  5. Prior to any volunteer activity, a signed Liability Release form must be provided for each member of the group.  Please click here for the form.
  6. A member of the Recreation Committee will act as a liaison to your volunteer group and will provide assistance and support when needed.