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Building vibrant communities through volunteers & parks

The City of Alpena has implemented an Adopt-A-Park program whereby volunteer groups, school groups, community groups, seniors, church groups, businesses, youth groups, and individuals can provide improvements to the park to enhance the beauty of the park or increase the quality of the experience for park users. These enhancements can be all encompassing and are only limited by the group or individual's imagination and oversight by the City to ensure high quality improvements are undertaken.

The intial step for anyone looking at the option of adopting a park is to contact the City Engineer's office by phone at 989-354-1730, by fax at 989-354-1709, or by email at Once contact with the City has been made, the group or individual's proposed efforts will be discussed, either in person, over the phone, or via email, to ensure the nature of the improvements comply with the City's Master Recreation Plan. After discussion and approval, the group or individuals will be asked to sign a waiver of liability form to protect the City and our taxpayers while these volunteers are performing the work. If the proposed improvements require supplies, labor, or other services of the City, the cost of these services will need to be evaluated prior to issuing a final approval for the proposed activity. If the cost is beyond the present capabilities of the City, staff will work with the group or individual to try and fund the needed improvements in future years.

The City will work with the group or individual to establish a sign or placard identifying the group or individual and their effort in enhancing our park system. The City will also take before and after photographs, which will be posted on the City website identifying the group or individuals and the improvements undertaken.

The City applauds the efforts of these groups and individuals in working to make Alpena a more beautiful place to live, work, and visit. A form has been developed for the group or individual to complete and submit to the City to help the City in reviewing the efforts proposed. Please complete this form and send it to the City Engineer via email at, by facsimile at 989-354-1709, or by mail to Rich Sullenger, City Engineer, Attn: Adopt-A-Park, 208 N. First Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707.

To learn more, print the Adopt-A-Park Program application and forms, or call us at (989) 354-1730. Give a park some love. Adopt it!

Adopt-A-Park Program Application
Volunteer Release Form
Photo Release Form
Adoptable Parks and Areas


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