Adopt a Park

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Adopt-a-Park is a program managed by the Mishawaka Parks Department that is aimed at improving the environment and beautifying our parks, trails, natural areas, and open spaces by generating a strong sense of ownership and responsibility through community involvement. Adopt-a-Park involves and educates the community in what it takes to preserve clean, safe parks and public areas for everyone. This program offers the opportunity for people and organizations to become more involved in their community in a way that promotes civic pride, appreciation, and awareness.

Who Can Adopt

Anyone from an individual to a community-minded organization can become involved in the Adopt-a-Park program. By participating, individuals, neighborhood organizations, park users, civic and church groups, families, scout troops, businesses, youth groups and schools are all encouraged to do what they can to promote safe, beautiful places for residents to enjoy.

Areas to Adopt

You can adopt an entire park or a particular area in a park including:

  • Flower Beds
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Shelters & Band Shell
  • Trails
  • Trees & Shrubs
  • Sidewalks

How Volunteers Can Help

Volunteer groups can help care for their adopted areas in the following ways:

  • Litter pick-up
  • Leaf raking and debris removal (dead grass, tree limbs, vegetation, wind debris)
  • Spreading of mulch, gravel, playground fiber
  • Removal of exotic invasive plants
  • Assisting staff with planting of flowers, shrubbery, maintenance of flower beds (including weeding and watering)
  • Clean-up of picnic shelters and play structures
  • Helping to take an inventory of our Park and Public Trees
  • Other improvement ideas as suggested or approved

Ways for Individuals to Help

We are always looking for ways to engage with individuals, families, or small groups and the perfect opportunity to do so is right alongside our Landscape Staff! Each week our Landscape Staff is committed to beautifying Beutter Park, The Ironworks Mill Plaza, and Central Park. We also will be offering options to assist with the care of the Mishawaka Education Foundation Community Greenhouse and surrounding gardens at the Battell Community Center year-round.Individuals that wish to work alongside our amazing staff are welcome to join up at anytime without commitment.

  • Join our Landscape Staff Wednesdays at Beutter Park from 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Join our Landscape Staff Thursdays at Central Park from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Join our Landscape Staff at the MEF Community Greenhouse year-round to assist with planting, transplanting plants, and tending to all varieties of plants that make it out into our wonderful parks.

This year we will be offering complimentary prizes and incentives for volunteers that log hours with our staff. All volunteers will get a complimentary Parks Volunteer T-Shirt and there will be other incentives and prizes for our most dedicated volunteers.

Adopt a park today by calling the Mishawaka Parks Office at 574-258-1664 or email the Parks Department at

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Battell Community Center
904 N. Main St.
Mishawaka, IN  46545


Ph. (574) 258-1664
Fx. (574) 258-1736


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