A Sense of Community
Adopt-A-Park allows citizens, groups, churches and other organizations to show pride in their community by working to beautify and clean a park or open space in Mesa.
Mesa is very fortunate to have 65+ local community parks and 50+ green space basins. Groups and individuals are encouraged to take pride in their community and assist the parks department with preserving Mesa's green spaces through general upkeep and clean up.
By adopting a park community members are working to maximize parks maintenance budgets and tax dollars to work on activities that need expert care.
What is required to adopt a park?
- Fill out an Adopt-a-Park Application.
- Set up a meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss adoption details and create a park work plan based on adopted park and group needs.
- Complete assigned park clean up events.
- Complete a post event Volunteer Report and send to coordinator - Beverlee.Nielsen@MesaAZ.gov, 480-644-4345.
What types of duties are required in adopted parks?
- Picking up trash and litter
- Raking leaves and pulling weeds
- Fluffing playground sand or wood chips
- Wash playground equipment with water and Simple green
- Wash picnic tables and benches with water and Simple green
- Sweeping hard surfaces (ie. Sidewalks, ramadas, basketball courts, etc.)
- Reporting vandalism, unsafe conditions and/or necessary repairs
- Special projects that may be assigned by the parks and recreation staff
Who can adopt a park?
Any local group such as families, individuals, businesses or other organizations can "adopt" any park in Mesa. Some parks are large and can be adopted by multiple groups or organizations.
Is it free to adopt a park?
It is free to adopt a park; however, time commitments are needed to complete clean-up tasks.
Are there supplies for the park clean up?
Organizations are required to provide their own equipment. A suggested list would include: Shovels, rakes, gloves, dust pans, brooms, buckets and simple green. Tools can be checked out through Neighborhood Services, http://mesaaz.gov/residents/neighborhood-outreach/tool-lending-program Neighborhood Outreach Durrie Parks, 480-644-6536. Mesa Parks and Recreation will provide trash bags for groups cleaning the park. Bags can be picked up at the parks central office 200 S. Center St, M-TH 7am-6pm.
Is there any recognition for participating in the adopt-a-park program?
Absolutely! We value all who volunteers to help in the community. In addition to a clean park and a sense of community spirit, adoptive groups will be recognized after each year of service with a certificate and presentation during the Adopt- a- Park recognition event held each November. In addition the group will be recognized on the Mesa Parks and Recreation web site as an adoptive group and in the Mesa Parks Constant Contact newsletter.
Are there any tips for our time at the park?
- Your time at a Mesa Park should be enjoyable and above all fun! Make sure to advertise your event within your group and invite others to help too. After your clean-up efforts please take time to enjoy your surroundings by holding a picnic, BBQ, or outdoor games. Picnic ramada’s are available and can be reserved in some cases.
- Follow all safety guidelines and make sure to plan your outing during regular park business hours.
- Be sure to post fun photos and videos about your experience in a Mesa Park on your social media and be sure to share on the Mesa Parks and Recreation Facebook and Twitter pages.
How do we get started?
Fill out the Adopt-A-Park volunteer application and submit to Beverlee Nielsen at:
Mesa Parks and Recreation
Attn: Beverlee Nielsen
PO BOX 1466 m/s 7010
Mesa, AZ 85211