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Adopt-a-Trail is an all-volunteer program that offers an opportunity to be actively involved in conserving and maintaining more than 30 trail miles in and around Bloomington's city parks to help keep the trails safe and usable. Parks and Recreation staff provide the necessary training and equipment for monthly trail monitoring and annual trail maintenance.


Objectives for the Adopt-a-Trail program are:

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


Adopt-a-Trail volunteers 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 industries are encouraged to get involved. A one-year commitment is required. Adopt-a-Trail volunteers must be at least 12 years of age.

  • List of adopted and adoptable trails include the following:
    (NOTE that availability varies; current adopters who are in good standing at the end of their service term are offered first rights of refusal for renewing their assigned trail):
    • Bloomington Rail Trail (multiple sections available)
    • Bryan Park (streamside trail)
    • Griffy Lake Nature Preserve (multiple sections available)
    • Latimer Woods (nature trail)
    • Leonard Springs Nature Park (two sections available)
    • Park Ridge East Park (Polly Grimshaw trail)
    • Southeast Park
    • Twin Lakes Sports Park
    • Wapehani Mountain Bike Park
    • Winslow Sports Park (two sections available)


Once trained, volunteers are expected to:

  • walk and observe the adopted section of trail at least once month (more frequent visits are encouraged)
  • remove trash and sticks from the trail
  • report unusual or suspicious events on the trail, as well as graffiti and/or maintenance needs
  • submit monthly online reports to Bloomington Parks and Recreation


The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department 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


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