What is Adopt-A-Park?
The Adopt-A-Park Program is a collaborative effort between Ann Arbor residents and city government to improve and maintain our parks. Neighbors and community groups volunteer their time to improve their chosen park. Adopters can work on a variety of projects including planting and maintaining flower beds; maintaining the trails and paths; painting and caring for park structures; cleaning up litter; planting, mulching, and watering trees; and generally making sure the park is in order. You will work with the Adopt-A-Park Coordinator to create a plan customized for you and your park. We provide moral support, technical expertise, and coordination with City of Ann Arbor services; we can also provide publicity, planting materials, and tools.
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment is completely up to you. Some park adopters hold one annual event in the spring, while others have various events throughout the year. Generally, an Adopt-A-Park event lasts two to three hours depending on the project. For example, planting ten trees may take 12 volunteers three hours, while litter clean up may take a handful of neighbors an hour.
How much does it cost?
It's free! We can provide all the necessary supplies, such as plants and tools. Alternatively, you can make a tax-deductible donation or receive reimbursement for pre-approved materials.
What type of events do Park Adopters hold?
Typical events include planting flowers, removing trash, placing woodchips around trees, and mulching flowerbeds. Other possibilities include removal of invasive shrubs and weeds, planting trees, or installing a rain garden. The only limits to the list of activities you can choose from are the park's needs and your interests.
For more information about Adopt-A-Park, contact the Adopt-A-Park Coordinator by email at email@example.com or call 734.794.6627.
The first Adopt-A-Park workday was at Wellington Park - what a great neighborhood!!!
If you are looking for an area a bit smaller than a park to commit your efforts to perhaps Adopt-A-Park's sister program, Adopt-A-Median, is best for you! If there is a traffic island or median that you would like to help beautify, please contact the Adopt-A-Park Program Coordinator at 734.794.6627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.