City of Saginaw, Michigan

Adopt a Park and Neighborhood Group Cleanup programs and processes

Due to revenue shortfalls in the early 2000's, City Council at this time made a decision to eliminate most of the funding that was used for maintaining and managing programs at City Parks. The reductions in funding greatly hampered our ability to continue to maintain and or improve many of our over 615 acres of developed community parkland, including: Central parks system, riverfront park areas, district and neighborhood parks, downtown urban parks, park drives, walks and parking lots. Recognizing the need for assistance in maintaining many of these parks and seeing the request for some individuals and organizations in the Community willing and wanting to assist, the City put in place an "Adopt-a-park program and Neighborhood group clean-up forms, which will allow these individuals or groups to provide much needed assistance to the City.  The applications and forms can be found online and or in person at the City of Saginaw's Public Services Facility located at 1435 S. Washington Avenue, Saginaw MI 48601. Adopt-a-Park applications need to be reviewed and approved by the Public Services Director and City Council. For any questions or concerns related to this program or Neighborhood clean up forms, please contact Heather Howe, Public Services Specialist at 989-759-1662 or email at

Parks & Facilities

Our parks are open from sunrise to sunset every day; however, no alcoholic beverages are allowed on premises without a special event permit and written prior approval from City Council. We request that all posted park rules are followed and visitors respect other's rights so everyone can enjoy the parks and facilities in the same manner. If you have any questions, please call 759-2191.

Boat Launch

(989) 759-2191
(100 Lee Street)

This facility provides easy and convenient launching of all types of boats. Daily boat passes can be purchased for $7 at the boat launch's kiosk with cash or card. Season passes may be purchased online (with a next business day turnaround on issuance) or purchased at City Hall in the Treasurer's Office (Room 105), 1315 S. Washington Avenue, for same day access in the amount of $35.00. When purchasing a season pass, you will need your driver license, and the license plate number of your towing vehicle (not trailer.) Processing fees will apply when paying with credit/debit card. When purchased online, City staff will email you your credentials within the next working business day. You may also elect to renew your pass online by selecting the renewal option during checkout. Note that renewals online will also be processed on the next working business day.

Noxious Weeds

The Weed Abatement program is responsible for cutting noxious weeds on properties owned but not maintained, vacant lots and in some cases Saginaw Land Bank properties within the boundaries of the City of Saginaw. It shall be the duty of each property owner, possessor or occupier of land, and every person having charge of any land within the City of Saginaw to cut or remove all noxious weeds on or before the first Monday in May of each year.

If weeds are not cut by the first Monday in May, and as often thereafter as necessary, the City of Saginaw may enter upon the land and cause all such weeds to be cut down.

Weed growth on lots adjacent to residential and non-residential properties may not exceed nine inches. Weed growth in excess of these limits will be cause for the City of Saginaw to enter private land and cause such weeds to be cut down. All expenses of such cutting, including any and all costs incurred in the removal or relocation of debris, junk or other miscellaneous obstructions which would be necessary or convenient to carrying out the requirements shall be paid by the owner of such land plus an administrative service charge per parcel, per cutting.

Green Point Environmental Center

Located at 3010 Maple Street - (989) 759-1669

Green Point is a cooperative project between the City of Saginaw and the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. Green Point serves as the refuge's educational facility and consists of 76-acres of bottomland hardwood forest, wetland, field and riverine habitats. Even though Green Point lies within Saginaw's City limits, it is home to a variety of wildlife!

Green Point has over 2.5 miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Please note that bicycles and pets are not allowed on the trails. Inside the building visitors will find displays, aquariums, a working bee hive, wildlife observation area, classroom space for up to 60 people, and accessible restrooms.

Staff provides schools and other organized groups with environmental education programs year-round. Programs must be scheduled in advance by calling (989) 759-1669.

Green Point's building hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed all Federal holidays. Trails are open every day, during daylight hours. Please note that there may be times when the building is closed due to staff working elsewhere on the refuge.

For more information, call (989) 759-1669 or visit Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge's website at

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  • List of Parks
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  • Block Party Application
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  • Special Event Rate Sheet
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  • 5 Year Recreation Plan Public Hearing Notice
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