Adopt-a-Park—This program is implemented by Shawnee County Parks and Recreation. Volunteers make an annual commitment to pick up litter once a month. After two years, a sign is placed in the park recognizing their efforts. They are also encouraging groups to go beyond litter and perform extra beautification tasks. If you are interested in adopting a park, please contact KAB –or- Olivia Mayer at: Olivia.Mayer@snco.us
Parks currently adopted and volunteer groups are:
AnimaLand Gage Park-Edward Jones
Boswell Park–Life Enrichment Center
Central Park–TR Program
Chesney Park-Kevin Thomas
Clarion Woods Park–Atheist Comm. of Topeka
Clyde O’Bracken–Sheltered Living
Collins Park–Ntnl. Assoc. of Trailer Manufacturers
Cushinberry Park–Euclid Lodge #2
Dornwood Park–Friends of Dornwood
Elmhurst Park–Elmhurst NA
Felker Park–Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
Garfield Park–Sean & Ashley Kuno
Gwendolyn Brooks–IBEW Local Union #304
Hillsdale Park–Kiwanis Club of SW Topeka
Holliday Park–Positive Pathways
Landon Trail–Brown vs. Board of Education
Medford Park-Kevin Thomas
Oak Parkway–Zonta Club of Topeka
Oakland Billard Park–Elizabeth Pearce
Romig Park–Psychiatric Recovery & Wellness
Seabrook Park–Life Enrichment Center
Shawnee Lake Shoreline–Rasmussen College
Shunga Trail–(Washburn to Topeka)-Topeka Lions Club
Shunga Trail (I-70 to Kansas)–Life Connections
Shunga Trail (10th-Topeka Blvd bridge)-Life Connections
Shunga Trail(Washburn to Gage)-Valley Park NIA
Sims Park–Cub Scout Pack #110
Tudor Park–IBEW Local Union #304
Veterans Park–Life Enrichment Center
Wells Park–Kansas Native Plant Society
Welton Grove Park–TR Program
Westboro Park-Loving Hearts Training Center
Get Down and Get Dirty—Our annual community wide litter cleanup. Join KAB in our largest Great American Cleanup effort. In 2015 we had 1,400 volunteers. Next Get Down and Get Dirty is April 23, 2016.
KAB Storm Troopers—Is a new program with volunteers cleaning out the storm drains in their neighborhoods.
Storm Troopers are: Cale Herreman, Doris Schmidt, Frank Forgy, Frito Lay Green Team, Gale Elliott, Jamie Slack, Jan Gast,
Lacey McKee, Larissa Amundson, Linnea Hoyos, Lynda Davis, Maggie Kelley, Marsha Sheahan, Mary Lou McPhail, Mary Sue Carreno, Myrtle Pearson, Nila Miller, Renae Jeffries, Renee Hall, Richard Johnson, Roetta Kremer, Steve Southerland, Susan Miller, and Wayne Stander. Welcome to new Troopers: Randy Clear, Elaine Schwartz, John Carlson, Timothy Long, Nancy and Roger Houck, Sonya Cottrell, Donna Collie, and Frank Weinhold.
KAB Trash Troopers—Volunteers pick up litter as they walk. Trash Troopers in action are:
Arlene Crawford, Clint and Martha Kegel, Clista Seals, Frank Forgy, Granville Davidson, Jeanette Brose, Jeff Hansen, Jenny Justice, Joan and Robert Graves, John Holt, Juanita Hannibal, Ken and Marie Carlat, Kenny Bennett, Leonard Gonzales and friends, Linda Wallace, Maggie Kelley, Maggie Pinick and son, Mary Lou McPhail, Myrtle Pearson, Nila Miller, Paula Hladky and Willard Epling, Renee Hall, Rolling Meadows, Sharon and Mr. Avery, Sherry Clayton, The Villages, and Virginia Tevis. Welcome to new trash troopers: Vicky Walters, Nancy and Roger Houck, Mike Smith, Raymond Tertig, Jan Northcraft , Mary Kirk and Jerri Blassingame. Welcome to our newest trash trooper Lorraine Jessepe.
Neighborhood Action Team and Highway Action Team–The inmate crews go out monthly to remove litter from our community. They remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of litter each year from Topeka and Shawnee County. Waste Management and Rolling Meadows Landfill waive the fees of the teams for the litter that the crews collect. In December they collected 18,180 pounds of litter.
Take Ten—Is an effort to encourage businesses to send their employees out for ten minutes per day or every other day to clean up their property. Participating businesses are: C.B. Richard Ellis Company, Wal-Mart Superstore, Kansas All Industry Placement Facility, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Jimmy Johns, Westridge Mall, Chili’s, Scotch Fabric Care, Quality Inn and Quick Lane Tire.