Adoption Programs

Interested in adopting a park, stream, or street in the city to help keep clean and litter-free? George Stilphen, the Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful Coordinator can help set your group up in one of these programs. Email George Stilphen or reach him at (336)771-5161.

Cleanup Report

Did you recently complete a cleanup for one of the adoption programs? Fill out the Cleanup Report form online.

  1. Adopt-A-Park
  2. Adopt-A-Stream
  3. Adopt-A-Street

The Adopt-A-Park Program was established in 1989 by the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department. It is now coordinated by Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful. The program provides the community a chance to become involved in the beautification and enhancement of our parks.

Participating in the Adopt-A-Park program gives individuals and groups a chance to contribute to the enhancement of their community parks and provide a much-desired service to our city. While the Recreation and Parks Department provides normal maintenance to parks, adopters would provide extra care and attention, which makes a park more beautiful.

Adopted Parks

The following parks have been adopted. All trails and greenways may be adopted as well.

Adopted ParkAdopting Group
Ardmore ParkSummit School 7th Grade
Belview ParkWinston-Salem State Univ Honors Organization and Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest Univ
Bethabara ParkForsyth Audobon Society
Blum ParkPlayboys and Playgirls Motorcycle Club
Bolton ParkCommunity Assisted Residential Environment and the Sizemore Family
Brushy Fork ParkIsland Culture Z
Downtown StrollwayHome Moravian Church and Wells Fargo Green Team
Drayton Pines ParkJonathan R. McCravey Junior
Easton ParkEaston Neighborhood Association
Gateway Commons ParkThe Snow Family and Friends
Granville ParkAlpha Phi Omega at Wake Forest Univ
Griffith Park Cub Scout Pack 728
Hanes ParkHanes Park Volunteers
Happy Hill ParkIn Memory of Marcus Covington
Harambee ParkEast/Northeast Neighborhood Association
Hathaway ParkJim M. Argumaniz
Hobby ParkHobby Park R/C Aircraft Club
Hobby Park Bike TrailsForsyth Off Road Bicycle Association
Jamison ParkImprints Cares
Leinbach ParkNew Church
Little Creek ParkJim Schwarz
Muddy Creek GreenwayImprints Cares
Muddy Creek Greenway ConnectorNew Sherwood Stingrays Swim Club
Oak Summit ParkR. H. Barringer Distributing
Parkland ParkMiddle College of Forsyth NHS
Reynolds ParkIota Phi Theta Kappa of Winston-Salem State Univ
Salem Creek Greenway at ReynoldsWinston-Salem Police Explorers
Shaffner Park at YorkshireLuke and Vivienne Mister
Skyland ParkAlexis Devaughn and Family
Stratford Road ParkWhole Foods
Washington ParkWashington Park Neighborhood Association

General Guidelines

  • Inform your coordinator of your clean-up date at least seven days in advance and include any special requests that you may have.
  • A group may adopt for an indefinite period of time, unless there is another organization wishing to adopt a specific location. If this is the case, there would be a maximum two-year adoption for those areas which are in demand.
  • Report any vandalism or possible hazards you may find.
  • Your responsibility will be to clean your park or street a minimum of 4 times a year to remain active. This includes picking up litter and placing the filled trash bags by the park's trash cans. Adopted streams have a minimum of 3 required cleanups a year.

What We Provide

  • We will assist your group in selecting a location for adoption by providing a list of available parks, streets, or streams, or other helpful information.
  • We will provide safety instructions, recycling information, and pick up service for collected trash.
  • We will provide trash bags, gloves, etc.


Recognition will be given by the placement of a sign in a prominent location with your group's name on it. The sign will remain up until your adoption term has ended.