What is the Friends of Sandusky Parks Program?
The Friends of Sandusky Parks program was developed as a collaborative effort between the City of Sandusky and its residents, groups, and businesses. The program is designed to allow groups to help maintain a park of their choice with assistance from the city government.
How long does my commitment last?
The program runs for a total of seven (7) months out of the year, from April to October. The commitments only last for one year, but groups are encouraged to re-apply in the fall for the following year. Because this is the first year, the commitment begins whenever you decide to become involved!
What if I want to commit to the same park for next year?
We would love to have you back! The first step to renewing your commitment is to be sure to stay active in your maintenance this year. Those who complete a successful cycle will be contacted about renewal during the month of November. If the former Friends choose not to renew, the parks will become available to the public on a first- come, first-serve application basis after December 1st.
What do I have to do?
Participants are required to take part in bi-weekly Wellness Checks for their specific parks. Beyond that, it is encouraged that they host one additional event, whether that be something like hosting a neighborhood picnic or a fitness class in the park. The Planning and Recreation Departments approve the event and then will work closely with groups to ensure all goes smoothly.
Does the city still maintain the parks?
Of course! By committing to maintain a specific park, you are acting as a supplement to the care that the City already provides.
Does this cost me anything?
Becoming a Friend of the Parks is relatively inexpensive. However, if participants would like to plan an event that incorporates added cost, they are encouraged to speak with the Planning Department to see if costs can be reduced by the City of Sandusky.
Why should I become a Friend of the Parks?
Not only will participants directly improve the condition and quality of parks, they will also contribute to making Sandusky a Livable City! After successfully completing a full cycle of park care (April to October), group names have the potential to be posted within their park in acknowledgement of their hard work. The organization’s name will remain posted after the cycle is completed.
How do I get started?
- To begin the process, you will want to meet with a group (any group works!) and decide which park you would be interested in adopting. Make sure to select a second option, in case your first choice is taken.
- From there, fill out an application, which can be found here online. Be sure to submit a waiver for your Group Leader with your application.
- Begin to gather waivers for every member of your group, as they will need to be in before any work can be done on behalf of the program.
- From there, just wait! The city will reach out with a phone call to let you know you have been chosen, and will set up an orientation date with you.