Adopt-A-Park program resumes in Detroit

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — Mayor Mike Duggan on Monday announced that the city’s Adopt-A-Park program will resume this year with partnerships that allow for more than 300 parks to be regularly maintained.

Through the program, 75 parks will be maintained by churches, community groups, businesses and nonprofits, while the city’s General Services Department oversees maintenance at 235 others. Last year, partners cared for 72 Detroit parks.

“The difference Detroiters saw in the city’s parks last year would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of these community partners,” Duggan said in a statement on Monday. “Thanks to them, 75 parks in neighborhoods across the city will be clean and available for our families.”

Officials said organizations that adopt parks agree to keep them trash free as well as mow and weed the parks every 10 to 14 days from May 1 to Oct. 2. In exchange, the city will install a sign at each location recognizing the group that has adopted it.

Each adopting organization has to sign an agreement committing to maintain the park. Detroit’s General Services and Recreation departments will administer the program, conduct routine inspections, and work with partners to ensure parks are well-maintained.

For information, call (313) 224-5555.