Adopt A Country Road
To Adopt A Parker Country Road in Parker County Contact Darwin Yeary at
In 1998, the Adopt a Country Road Program was begun. It was approved in the Parker
County Commissioners Court, under then County Judge Ben Long. It became a Free Standing
Affiliate recognition with Keep Texas Beautiful, in Austin,Texas. The way the program
works is for County Road adoption areas only. County residents, churches, companies
and commercial institutions request an area. The program requires a Chairman, with
duties of receiving phone communications, from potential adoptee's for 2 mile stretches,
out in the county.
An agreement form is mailed by the Chairman to requested participants on county
roads, for a litter removal adoption area. The Chairman receives the signed form
back in the mail, and keeps a copy, then mails the original to the Commissioner in one,
of four precincts.
The Commissioner then orders 2 signs, designating the family, or organization of the
area. The signs are placed by the precinct at each end of the adopted road area. Safety
reflective vests and trash bags are issued to the adoptee's, for 6 pickups a year. Two
years is the minimal time for adoption areas, although many continue their adoption for
many years. Safety precautions are important for all adoptee's, and a minimum age is
suggested. The full trash bags are picked up at an intersection location, for pickup after the
event. The Agreement form has all the legal information, for potential volunteer adoptee's.
The Chairman of the program takes a picture of the adoption family or group, then has it
published in local newspapers. This generates more adoptions in Parker County.
The residents and various organizations, take pride in clean Right of Ways where they reside.
It also saves taxpayer dollars, and protects the watershed and creeks. It's also
Adopt a Country Road Litter Removal, received Commendation Certificates from the Texas
State House of Representatives and State Senate, for the first County Road Litter pickup program in Texas, in 2002.