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Public Works Department
155 Milagra Drive
Pacifica, CA 94044
Phone: 650-738-3760
Fax: 650-738-9747

Hours:
Mon to Thu 7:00am-4:30pm 
Fri 7:00am-3:30pm

Adopt A Landscape Program

What:
The Adopt-a-Landscape Program will allow you to adopt a City median, City roadway island, parking lot area or portions of public rights-of-way for the purposes of maintaining and improving the property, in order to provide additional maintenance to the City of Pacifica landscaped roadway and parking lot spaces. The program would encourage businesses, organizations and individuals to commit their time, talents and/or money to improvement and/or maintain one of the City's landscaped median, island, right-of-way or parking spaces.

Through the Adopt-a-Landscape program, volunteers will find a real sense of pride and ownership of our city.

This program would be designed to allow sponsoring groups flexibility to design a program that assumes full maintenance and enhancement of the right-of-way.

The City through the Director of Public Works reserves the right to deny an application or reject a site.

The adoption program would require the sponsor to be at least 18 (under 18 with supervision) years of age and submission of a Letter of Understanding.

Improvement consists of picking up litter, removing weeds, removing the existing landscaping and replacing it. Plans are required for the landscaping being proposed. These do not have to be professional drawings. However, the dimensions of the property and an accurate indication of the type of plants that will be planted (and where they are to be planted) should be included in the drawings. Plants cannot create visibility obstructions that would prevent pedestrians or motorists from seeing possible hazards. Irrigation systems currently on hand may be used and may be repaired as necessary, subject to obtaining any necessary permits and subject to review and approval of the Public Works Director or designee. New irrigation may be installed at the applicant’s expense, using recycled water where available, subject to obtaining any necessary permits and subject to the review and approval of the Public Works Director or designee. All new or repaired irrigation systems shall use purple pipe to indicate recycled water in use or future use of recycled water.

Maintenance consists of keeping the landscape healthy, clean, safe and attractive through trimming, picking up litter, removing weeds, some light pruning, fertilizing, weeding, mowing, and upkeep of already-installed landscape projects.

Irrigation systems are limited to those currently on hand and may be repaired as necessary subject to obtaining any necessary permits and subject to the review or approval of the Public Works Director or designee.

All participants in this activity must sign a Volunteer Services Agreement and Liability Release. Adopters must also sign a Letter of Understanding.

The minimum Adoption period shall be two years, but will stay in place after that date unless cancelled by either party.

Adopter shall designate one contact person for all dealings with the City of Pacifica.

Adopters and Individual Participants shall follow all City guidelines regarding landscaping on public property.

Adopters and Individual Participants shall obtain City approval of work dates and specific work activities in advance of work.

Adopters shall ensure that all participants are trained in, sign a proof of training, and follow the Safety Procedures.

Sign of acknowledgement/recognition

Once the initial landscaping improvement is completed and the adopter begins maintaining the landcape, the City will erect a sign at the site, bearing the name of the adopting group or individual. Adopting groups will be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation, and periodic stories will also be sent to the media. Also, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped keep the City of Pacifica a place of beauty and vitality.

Who:
• community groups
• businesses
• service clubs
• neighborhood associations
• garden clubs
• 4-H club
• churches
• organizations
• schools
• private clubs
• youth groups
• individuals

Where:
Possible Locations:
• Linda Mar Blvd., Median (between Highway 1 & De Solo Dr.)
• Oddstad Blvd Median (at the Terra Nova Blvd. Intersection)
• Edgemar Median
• Miller Median
• Cragmont Median
• Monterey Median
• Corner of Paloma Ave & Oceana Blvd (in front of Oceana High School)
• Corner of Lakeside Ave & Francisco Blvd (in front of the golf course)
• The Beach Promenade
• Linda Mar Blvd at Oddstad Blvd ( in front of the Catholic Church and the County Park)
• Other areas as approved by the City of Pacifica

When:
• Work will be limited to the hours between 10 AM to 3 PM.
• Adopter shall obtain City approval of work dates and specific work activities in advance of work.
• Discontinue work if the presence of any hazards arise or exists.
• Work should be scheduled during light traffic times.
• Do not work when fog or other conditions reduce visibility for drivers.
• Irrigation systems are limited to those currently on hand and may be repaired as necessary.

Traffic Control:
• Median island work requires a traffic control plan and lane closure for safety purposes.

POSSIBLE LANDSCAPING

Native and Drought Tolerant Landscaping

GRASSES IN CONTAINERS
• Pacific Reed
• Nodding Needle
• Purple Needle
• Deer
• California Fescue
• Others, as agreed by the City

CONTAINERED SHRUBS
• Californica Lilac
• Snow Flurry
• Maritima
• Wax Myrtle
• Coffeeberry
• Lizard Tail (seaside woolly sunflower)
• Gum Plant (gindelia stricta)
• Coast Buckwheat
• Sea Thrift
• Seaside Daisy (erigeron glaucus)
• Slender Mules Ear
• Checker Bloom
• Native Fuschia
• Others, as agreed by the City

SEEDING
• Arroyo Lupine
• California Poppy – Maritima
• Nodding Needle Grass
• Goldfield
• Clarkia
• Purple Needle Grass
• Others, as agreed by the City

FERTILIZER
• No fertilizers shall be permitted without prior consultation with the City of Pacifica Parks Supervisor