HARKER HEIGHTS — The Parks and Recreation Department recently launched an Adopt-A-Spot program to get residents involved in the beautification and cleanup of designated areas in the community.

The program was developed in response to recommendations made by the Exploring New Heights II focus group in 2007, Parks and Recreation Activities Director Heather Cox said.

“Part of the main goal goes back to Exploring New Heights II … we asked the citizens what they wanted in a community, and they said quality of life, beautification, trails. This falls under the area of beautification.”

Individuals, organizations and businesses that adopt a spot in the city commit to cleaning up their areas at least six times per year and providing beautification for at least one year.

In return, the volunteers are given materials to help them with the cleanup and Adopt-A-Spot signs with their names are posted. “We provide them trash bags, safety vests and gloves,” Cox said.

Two student organizations from Harker Heights High School — Texas Association of Future Educators and Family, Community, Career Leaders of America — became some of the first groups to step forward and adopt spots after teacher Jennifer Lee approached Cox about volunteer opportunities.

“TAFE and FCCLA are student-led organizations, so they are the ones who wanted to participate in the program,” said Lee, who sponsors the two groups. “Many of our members enjoy volunteering and look forward to serving our community together.”

TAFE had its first Adopt-A-Spot cleanup Sunday at Carl Levin Park trails in Harker Heights. The first cleanup for FCCLA is Saturday at the Purser Dog Park, Lee said.

The Harker Heights Lions Club adopted two areas in the city — the Community Garden in Carl Levin Park and a spot near Sonic Drive-In on Indian Trail. But there are plenty of other areas up for adoption, Cox said.

“We have 12 or 13 more spots including Kern Park, Skipcha Park, Community Park and Summit Soccer Complex.”

Additional areas in Carl Levin Park and Purser Dog Park are available.

For more information about the Harker Heights Adopt-A-Spot program, call Cox at (254) 953-5493.

Contact Kristi Johnson at kristij@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548

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Does Killeen have such a program? With all the interest mayor has shown in cleaning up the city, this program needs to be replicated in Killeen if it isn't already happening.

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