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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Adopt-A-Program encourages individual responsibility for our environment through scheduled litter cleanups. 

Various volunteer programs include:
  • Highway: Section of arterial roadway that includes sidewalks on both sides
  • Park: Most parks are eligible for adoption.
  • Street: Section of residential street that includes sidewalks on both sides.
  • Trail: Section that includes 5-10 ft. on both sides of the trail. These areas are very limited.
  • Waterway: City-owned Canoe/Kayak Launches. The purpose of this program is to manage litter along stream banks, shorelines, and waterways. When required, canoes and kayaks should be owned by the volunteer and the volunteer should be experienced in their use and limitations. These areas are very limited.

What’s involved? 

This is a two-year commitment where organizations, groups, businesses, families, and individuals (18 years of age and older) agree to perform a minimum of one cleanup every other month (six per year). Parks and Recreation will provide orange trash bags to assist with cleanups, if needed. Requests must be made in advance. 

Adopting groups are required to complete a report card after each cleanup. If numerous orange trash bags or large debris pick-up is required, please submit the location on your report card to ensure prompt pick-up. 

After an adopting group completes their fourth cleanup report card, a service request to manufacture and install a sign will be submitted. ​

After two years, if the minimum requirements are met, the adopting group may choose to renew their agreement.

How do I adopt?

2. Submit an Adoption Interest Form to give us a better idea of your desired location.*  
3. Once a location has been reviewed and approved, a member of our team will contact you to set up an appointment to finalize the adoption. 
4. Schedule your cleanups accordingly and remember to complete your report card! 

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your interest in helping keep Virginia Beach Clean and Beautiful. 

Note: It will be the responsibility of the adopting group to notify our office of any changes within their group as it affects their adoption (i.e. changes in primary contact, phone number, email, address, etc.). Failure to notify the office of any changes may result in termination of your adoption.

For more information please call (757) 385-0460. 

* The Adopt-A-Program Team shall coordinate, review, and approve the proposed area of adoption. If there is a question of safety or health, the proposed adoption will not be approved. Parks and Recreation reserve the right to revise these conditions and discontinue the program at any time. 

Interested in participating but can't make the commitment?

A targeted cleanup might be the best choice. A targeted cleanup is a one-time cleanup at any desired location (with approval and only on City Property). Locations must meet the requirements for the area you are looking to clean. Groups must submit a report card after their targeted cleanup.

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