Watertown begins Adopt-A-Spot program to help keep the city beautiful

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Brandy L. Shoen was already picking up trash in and around the Thompson Park circle.

So she thought she could do more to make the city of Watertown more beautiful.

She and her family became the first to sign up and be approved for the city’s Adopt-A-Spot program, an initiative designed to help community members become involved in the beautification of the city and improve the quality of life.

“It’s very exciting,” she said.

She’s so excited that she was already out weed whacking in the circle on Monday night.

Mrs. Shoen; her husband and for City Council candidate Ben; daughter Olivia Ritz; and mother-in-law Mary Shoen are now waiting to get city approval for what they’ll be planting there.

Under the program, individuals, families, groups, businesses and organizations can “adopt” a park or other public space in the city.

The spaces include local parks, traffic islands, medians and other similar locales.

Adopt-A-Spot participants commit to cleaning their park or public space at least once a month and, if able to and with approval from the city, beautify the space through the planting and maintenance of flowers or greenery.

Typical activities include picking up trash, raking, weeding, mulching, planting and reporting any hazards, graffiti or vandalism to the city.

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