People in Windsor are being encouraged to adopt a park.

City Council has approved a policy giving volunteers a hand in making parks cleaner, greener and safer.

Heather Burton helped develop the adopt-a-park program.

"The City of Windsor can benefit from working partnerships with area youth, residents and beautification of local neighbourhood green spaces," she said. "Residents would become more active in their neighbourhood parks, utilizing them more."

CUPE Local 82, the union representing the city's outside workers supports the program.

"When this was brought up to us, we were kind of concerned about the workforce and the work our members do. We sat down with administration and talked through all our issues," union president Jim Wood said. "This is the type of thing that brings civic pride to everybody."

Anyone interested in adopting a park can give the city's parks and rec department a call.