Adopt a Block

Paul SoglinThe City of Madison is happy to partner with Downtown Madison Inc. for a new program called Adopt a Block.

The Adopt a Block Program is a partnership opportunity for community groups, businesses, and the City of Madison to make downtown Madison clean, beautiful, and inviting for everyone who lives in or is visiting Madison. The Adopt a Block Program provides a way for groups or businesses to be more engaged within their neighborhoods and to keep the downtown city streets clean.

Adopt a Block Sponsors will “adopt” a minimum of two square blocks, agree to conduct litter pickups in the area at least once a month and maintain the agreement for two years.

The City will provide safety training, safety vests, trash bags and rubber gloves as well as collect the trash collected by the sponsor. City staff will work with the sponsor to set parameters for the projects, monitor activity and respond to complaints. The City will also provide recognition for the work on the city website.

Interested groups and businesses will need to fill out an application and volunteer waiver. Once approved, the groups will be assigned designated blocks, review the parameters of the project and establish a schedule. Groups can use the Map of Adopt a Block locations to select a block to adopt.

Questions can be directed to Downtown Madison at 608-255-1008 or It is my hope that this partnership can grow and be replicated in other neighborhoods. Thanks to DMI for their

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