Adopt A Park

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Adopt A Park applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Based on the size of the park, more than one organization may adopt a park. Please call 810.767.9696 if you have questions about adopting a specific park or would like an application to adopt a park

 

The ADOPT A PARK program encourages volunteer groups to formally participate in making a City of Flint park an attractive, clean and safe place to gather and play. As part of the program, Keep Genesee County Beautiful provides information and resources to help volunteer groups develop the organizational skills, knowledge and partnerships necessary to adopt and reclaim parks in the City of Flint.

Well-kept parks: 1) Can add beauty to a neighborhood, 2) Provide safe and clean spaces for children to play, 3) Provide a place to gather with neighbors, 4) Reduce crime and vandalism, 5) Improve health by offering opportunities for recreation and exercise, 6) Increase property values, 7) Reflect the history and culture of the neighborhood, and 8) Attract new residents, businesses, and investments. Keep Genesee County Beautiful invites neighborhood groups, block clubs and associations, community and civic groups, non-profit organizations, businesses and other interested parties to become involved in the ADOPT A PARK program. These volunteer groups assume responsibility for the general cleanliness and condition of a park.

The program involves three levels:

1) Park Adopters (Level 1) is open to a group of volunteers who are committed to making and keeping a City of Flint park clean and safe. This is accomplished by regular park clean ups and weekly maintenance (as described in the ADOPT A PARK Agreement). Park Adopters are asked to participate in two different training sessions: (1) Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) concepts applied to City of Flint parks as an initial effort to improve safety and security, and (2) How to Develop a Park Master Plan.

2) Park Tenders (Level 2) is open to committed groups of volunteers who have been actively working in a park over a period of time to keep it clean, may have received other funding for their park and/or have established programing or activities in the park. Park Tenders are required to participate in (1) Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) concepts applied to City of Flint parks as an initial effort to improve safety and security, (2) Attend intensive planning sessions to develop a current five-year Park Maser Plan that will be included in the City of Flint Parks and Recreation Five Year Plan. Park Tenders will receive park improvements as developed and included in their park master plan after completion of program requirements. Park improvements may include new playground equipment, removal/repair and/or demolition of hazardous playground equipment, picnic tables, fencing, baseball diamonds, basketball court overhauls, etc. and a new City of Flint park sign.

3) Park Keepers (Level 3) is open to volunteer groups who have completed Park Adopters and Park Tenders, who have completed the major work in their Park Master Plan and are willing to continue to maintain their park, seek other funding for their park and/or develop regular programming for their park.