Approximately 7 years ago, the Independence Parks & Recreation Department launched the Adopt-A-Park program to give individuals, businesses, and groups the credit they deserve for helping keep Independence beautiful. We have recently renamed this program and it is now called Adopt-A-Flowerbed. The Adopt-A-Flowerbed program serves as a way to allow those same people the opportunity to help maintain landscape flowerbeds within the parks system. Currently, the Parks & Recreation Department maintains 46 flowerbeds throughout the city and 13 of those are currently adopted.
Thank you to all of the individuals and groups that have already adopted landscapes and the time and effort you have put forth in helping your community.
- 1st Ward Park: Kelly's Heroes
- 4th Ward Park (NE Corner/ SE Corner/ NWx2): Mike & Jule Lenius
- 4th Ward Park (SW Corner): Jacobs Family
- Freeman Park: Lion's Club
- Liberty Park: Team Horn
- 3rd Ward Park (SW Corner): Bob & Jenny Beatty Family
- Brimmer Park: H&R Block
- Veteran's Park (around the gazebo): Darrell E. Davis Adult Daycare
- Veteran's Park (N&S of steps): Farmer's Market
If you are interested in adopting one of the many landscape flowerbeds available, please contact the Independence Parks & Recreation Department at 319-334-6711.
Community Re-Leaf Program
The Independence Parks & Recreation Department launched this program as a way to get community members, organizations, and businesses involved in tree planting within the Independence Parks system. Through donations, the Community Re-Leaf program will plant trees to lower the carbon footprint and help make Independence a greener community. For each $5.00 donation to the program, a tree will be planted in your name and mulched with a tree protector. The Independence Parks & Recreation Department will keep track of all donors. Due to tree planting and ordering restrictions all plantings will be done one to two years behind. Plantings will only be made in the spring or fall. The type of trees and location will be based on need and will be selected by Parks & Recreation personnel. Thus far, since inception, 51 trees have been sponsored and planted within the parks system.
The Perennial Divide Program
The "Perennial Divide" Program began in 2016. Each year the IPRD will accept all types of perennial plants from community members during the spring and fall, when you may be dividing or changing the landscapes of your home or business. All varieties of plants are welcome, including perennial flowers, bulbs, ground covers, ornamental grasses and shrubs. NO donation is too small!! The Independence Parks system is vast and this helps with beautification and enhancement of public land through the donation of perennial plants that may otherwise be taken to the compost dump. The Community Greenhouse will serve as the base for this program. Please contact the Director @ 319-334-6711 with any questions.
Donations may be brought to: Independence Parks & Recreation Community Greenhouse
1305 5th Avenue NE
(located the west of the Falcon Civic Center)
Please call 319-334-6711 with any questions
- Drop off plants in the Community Greenhouse anytime
- All plants should be labeled or identified when dropped
- Plants will be potted to grow in the greenhouse or may be planted immediately depending of several conditions
- Each year we will put out a list of the preferred varieties but all perennials will be accepted and we will do our best to use all varieties based on our long term planning
- We also accept donations of all pots. Pots may be dropped off at the Community Greenhouse
The Independence Parks & Recreation Department now has a community greenhouse that will serve as the base for this and many other park programs including: Branching Out, Community Orchard, and Adopt-A-Flowerbed.