Welcome to People for the Parks and Trails of Jackson, Michigan!
People for the Parks and Trails (also called PPT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the City of Jackson's public parks and trails through volunteering, fundraising, advocacy, and equity. If you're ready to make a difference in the Jackson community, join People for the Parks and Trails!
Spring 2023 Volunteer Season
Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.: Mulching playgrounds at Norm Creger and W. George Wade parks Our 2023 season kicks off with improving two parks in one event. Norm Creger Park and W. George Wade Park are two small parks with playgrounds on Jackson's east side. Volunteers will start with spreading mulch at the Norm Creger playground and then go to W. George Wade Park to mulch the playground there. Volunteers will also pickup litter in both parks. Meet at Norm Creger Park, which is located at 700 S. Pleasant St. W. George Wade Park is located at 1100 Plymouth St.
Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m.: Getting the Grow Jackson garden at the MLK Recreation Center ready for spring This will be our annual collaboration with Grow Jackson to get their garden at the City's MLK Recreation Center ready for spring. GrowJackson is a non-profit that provides fresh food access to Jackson's neighborhoods. Specific volunteer activities will be determined before the event, but be prepared for light to moderate yard word. The MLK Recreation Center is located at 1107 Adrian St.
Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m.: Painting pavilion at Lions Park The pavilion at Lions Park needs a fresh coat of paint. All painting supplies will be provided by the Parks and Recreation Dept. Lions Park is located at 1025 N. Blackstone St. The parking area is reached using Adams Street. This is a sizable community park on Jackson's north side that has a pedestrian trail, playground, basketball court and ball fields. Wednesday, May 24 at 6 p.m.: Cleaning up the MLK Equality Trail Litter is a frequent issue along the MLK Equality Trail, which is Jackson's main pedestrian trail that links to the Falling Waters Trail. Volunteers will meet at New Leaf Park and walk the trail, picking up litter along the way. New Leaf Park is located at 1930 Fourth St.
About Volunteering Volunteer projects are open to all Jackson residents. No prior sign-up is needed, volunteers can show up and get to work! Equipment is provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. You are welcome to bring your own work gloves and hydration. Events often have coffee and water provided. The time commitment is usually around 90 minutes. Children are welcome at volunteer opportunities, provided they are supervised. Refer to the "Contact" section of the website if you have questions about these volunteer projects.
There are no fundraisers planned at this time. If you'd like to support our group, please visit the "Donate" section of our website.