The Adopt-A-Park Program gives individuals and groups the opportunity to participate in the revitalization of Detroit by maintaining and beautifying green spaces around the city.
The City of Detroit is seeking individuals, community groups and businesses to adopt parks or play areas and pledge to take care of them for a set period of time. Over the years, hundreds of individuals and groups have taken part in this exciting program.
LEVELS OF COMMITMENT
The program has various levels of commitment. Adopting a park can involve simply cutting the grass, planting and watering flowers, and picking up trash and debris on a regular basis.
Adopting a park can also include working with the City of Detroit to make structural improvements, such as adding play equipment, picnic tables, shelters, basketball courts and walking paths.
- To educate Detroit citizens about their personal responsibility for stewardship of the Detroit park system in partnership with the City of Detroit General Services Department.
- To involve and encourage the community to participate in the upkeep of community green spaces by participating in the Adopt-A-Park Program.
- Selected parks and green spaces are available for adoption.
- Citizens and community organizations commit to maintain their site for one year, three years or five years.
- All participants sign a volunteer agreement outlining their responsibilities.
- The General Services Department provides adoption signs at each site. The Adopt-A-Park Coordinator also provides assistance to participants.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS Participants agree to:
- Diligently maintain the adoptive site for the agreed upon time (one year, three years or five years)
- Be honest and realistic regarding the intent, goals and skill levels
- Accept the guidance and decisions of the organization’s coordinator
- Maintain and enhance the adoptive sites and the dignity and integrity of the community
- Comply with any training, proper clothing, attendance and health and safety requirements as determined by the General Services Department
- Provide feedback for upgrading or changing the volunteer program
- Be punctual and notify the community organization’s coordinator of any absences as far in advance as possible
- Be alert, sober and drug free while performing duties at the site
If for any reason you are unable to continue your duties from the program, you may resign from your volunteer services at any time during the 12-month period. In addition, the City of Detroit General Services Department re- serves the right to terminate the agreement if the adoptive sites are not properly maintained and for any other reason they deem necessary. It is requested that volunteers who intend to resign, provide advance notice and reason for their
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Thank you for your interest in the Adopt-A-Park Program.
Your dedication is vital to improving Detroit neighborhoods. Find out more about the program by calling, the Adopt-A-Park Coordinator at 313-530-5164.