Kalamazoo is excited to host the mParks Conference & Trade Show from February 27 - March 1. However, our offices will close at noon on Tuesday, February 27, and will remain closed for the rest of the week for the conference. You can still register for programs and call 311 for help!
Looking for a fun summer job where you can spend time outside and make a positive impact on your community? From park ranger to camp counselor, we have something for everyone!
Could your favorite park use some love? You can help keep it looking beautiful for everyone in our community to enjoy by adopting it with a group or organization.
Enjoy spending time outside with friends or colleagues and help our Kzoo Parks team keep our parks welcoming and beautiful.
Review the parks and green spaces available for adoption and select a park or space that you would like to adopt. Go to the Parks Directory and search for parks with the feature "Available to Adopt".
Complete the quick online form to apply. We'll just ask for your contact information and a few short questions about why you would like to adopt the park. Someone from the Kzoo Parks team will contact you about your application.
Sign Up to Adopt a Park
After you adopt a park, we'll provide supplies to help! Kzoo Parks provides trash bags for cleaning up and can also help purchase flowers or plants. Our Landscape Coordinator will help pick out plants and we will reimburse up to $100 for plants and planting materials. We'll also provide up to 10 t-shirts for volunteers.
Review the parks and green spaces available for adoption and select a park or space that you would like to adopt. Go to the Parks Directory and search for parks with the feature "Available to Adopt". Our team is also happy to help you find a park when you visit the Kzoo Parks Office.
Stop by the Kzoo Parks Office at 251 Mills Street to sign up! Our team will be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.
We are happy to answer questions about adopting a park, but our team cannot accept or process applications over the phone.
If you have questions about the adopt a park program, please call 311 or (269) 337-8000 for help.
Anyone and everyone! Families, groups, organizations, and individuals are all welcome to adopt a park. Some of our larger parks like Spring Valley Park or Milham Park might be better suited for a large group while our smaller parks like Sherwood Park or Springmont Tot Lot would be perfect for a family or individual.
Potential tasks include planting flowers and weeding, picking up branches and litter, and edging sidewalks. You can also let our team know if there are any issues that we need to address.
We will provide volunteers with 10 free t-shirts and trash bags for clean-up work. If park adopters would like to plant flowers or other plants in the park, our Landscape Coordinator will help with picking out plants and we will provide a reimbursement of up to $100 for flowers and materials.
By adopting a park, you can enjoy spending more time outside and feel good knowing that you help make the park more welcoming for your community and neighbors to enjoy.
Visit the park directory and search for parks with the feature "Available to Adopt". You can also search for "Adopted" to see which ones have already been adopted.