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Adopt an Island

The Town of Andover is seeking residents and businesses to maintain and landscape traffic islands in the Town.

Requests to “Adopt and Island” must be made in writing to the Town Manager’s Office, Town Offices, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810.

Please provide:

All designs will be reviewed by the Superintendent of Parks and Grounds with a recommendation made to the Town Manager.

Planting must be maintained for at least two years from the time of planting and continued as long as the area is maintained in a good condition.

The person or business shall pay for the cost of the sign. The Town of Andover will provide the “Adopt an Island” sign design and designate a vendor or vendors. Signs must conform to the Town of Andover Zoning Bylaw regulations.

The only maintenance performed by the Town will be on islands presently maintained by the Parks & Grounds Division. This work consists of the cutting and clean-up of said islands.

The island shall be maintained by the person or business who made the request to adopt the island. If at any point the Town deems that the island is unsightly due to lack of care, then the Town will remove the “Adopt an Island” sign and the material on the island and the person or business will forfeit their rights to plant the island.

If at any time the planting is deemed to interfere with traffic or views of traffic, then the Town will take steps to correct the problem in consultation with the adopter.

All islands will be required to have at least a spring and fall clean up to remove any debris.

Adopted by the Board of Selectmen – November 6, 2000


Note: This work consists of mowing the grass and spring and fall clean-ups.

These are the only islands that the Parks & Grounds Division maintains and at some of these locations there are gardens that have been planted by various groups. There are many circles and cul-de-sacs in Town that have been planted by the neighborhood and are maintained by these people with no assistance or involvement by the Town.

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