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Public Spots in Westbrook Need Tenders: Join the Fun and Adopt-A-Spot!

Application Form

Throughout town there are small public plots under signposts, at intersections, and around public buildings, that are waiting for your gardening talents to make them more beautiful.

To get started, all you need to do is:

  • Find a spot you'd like to adopt. Click here to see the list
  • Read the guidelines by scrolling below or click here.
  • Complete an application that you'll find on the right.
  • Submit your signed application to Westbrook Land Use Office, Mulvey Center, 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498. If you pick a spot that needs planting, we need you to submit a plan for approval with your application.
  • An Adopt-A-Spot team member will contact you to confirm your adopted spot.
  • Pull the 1st weed or dig your 1st hole for a new plant in your adopted spot.
  • Admire a sign recognizing your valued work after several weeks.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please e-mail them to

Thanks for making Westbrook a better place to live and work!

The Adopt-A-Spot Team (Rosemary Einsmann, Deborah Rie, Libby Waldron)

Westbrook Adopt-A-Apot Guidelines

General Landscape Development Guidelines

  • Use plant materials that are suitable for our climate, tolerate dry/ poor soils, require less water than most, and require a minimum of maintenance. Other desirable traits are limited susceptibility to insect and disease infestation and tolerance to salt exposure.
  • Plant flowers in spring after chance of frost. Plant bulbs in the fall. Plant shrubs in spring or fall.
  • Use manures or compost as soil amendments to improve soil structure and increase water-retentive properties of soils.
  • Use dark brown shredded bark mulch to aid in retaining soil moisture.
  • Limit use of fertilizer to avoid over-stimulating plant growth which in turn increases water requirements.
  • Employ proper watering practices, especially during establishment period. Water deeply to soak root zone and force roots to go deep.

General Maintenance Guidelines

  • Biweekly - Remove weeds, dead head spent blooms, remove litter.
  • Seasonally – Prune shrubs. If a flowering shrub, prune after flowering.

Spatial Considerations

  • Clearance from the Edge of the Travel Lane - Curb or Guardrail: five(5) foot clearance necessary.
  • Median Planting - No trees or shrubs with caliper four(4) inches or greater.
  • Island Planting - Ultimate height of shrubs to be no greater than three(3) feet

Call Westbrook Public Works Department - (860) 399-3047 x152 - to request debris pickup and mulch delivery. Please call a week before you need the pickup or delivery.

Available Locations

Area - ID#LocationNeedSunlight ExposureAdoptive ParentStart Date
Beach - 1Entrance - Both sidesDevelop & MaintainFull SunMitchell, NormaJuly '12
Beach - 2Building - Ladies Room SidePaint interiorPartial SunThe Painted LadiesMay '12
Beach - 3Building - Men's Room SideDevelop & MaintainFull SunOPEN
Beach - 5Life Guard StationsPaint/stainFull SunOPEN
Beach - 6Picnic TablesPaint/stainFull SunOPEN
Beach - 7Benches (4)Paint/stainFull SunTidelawn ManorJun '11
Center a - 1Median at 153 Rte 1 cornerMaintainFull SunWaldron, LibbyWinslow, MarianneJuly '10
Center 1 bMedian at 153 Rte 1 cornerMaintainFull SunOPEN
Center - 2Playground - Gate entrance - paversDevelop & MaintainFull SunNash, Julia - BloomersFeb '12
Center - 3Riggio Bldg - Events signDevelop & MaintainFull SunWestbrook Family ServicesJuly '14
Center - 4Riggio Bldg front - Building signDevelop & MaintainFull SunOPENFeb '12
Center - 5Riggio Bldg rear signDevelop & MaintainFull SunKeough, TracySept '11
Center - 6Town Parking Lot, Westbrook PlaceDevelop & MaintainShadeOPEN
Center - 7Wren Park Sign, Rte 1Develop & MaintainFull SunOxford Academy, Partridge, VivianOct '10
Center - 8Salt Island Rd, Rte 1 - raised bedMaintainFull SunOPENApr '11
Center - 9Rt 1 near Lyman Real EstateDevelop & MaintainShadeGordon, JeffAug '13
Center - 10Firehouse Announcement Sign PlanterDevelop & MaintainShadeShlien, AliSept '13
Gateway - 1Rte 1 East - Welcome SignDevelop & MaintainFull SunFerry, Michael and CindyNov '13
Gateway - 2Rte 1 West - Welcome SignDevelop & MaintainFull SunOPEN
Gateway - 3Rte 153 / I95 - Welcome SignDevelop & MaintainFull SunOPEN
Gateway - 4Rte 153 North - Welcome SignMaintainFull SunRie, DeborahJuly '10
Gateway - 5Old Clinton Rd State SignDevelop & MaintainFull SunOPEN
Green - 1Circular garden near gazeboMaintainFull SunGordon, Mindy / Curt, CathyMay '10
Green - 2Flagpole LanscapingMaintainFull SunCloutier, CeilApril '11
Green - 3GazeboDevelop & MaintainPartial SunWestbrook Garden Club - Gordon, MindyJan '12
Green - 4Historical Society Building LandscapingMaintainFull SunCoppes, JacquelineWaldron, AnnieJune '10
Green - 5Veteran's Memorial Boulder GardenMaintainPartial SunGordon, Mindy / Curt, CathyMay '10
Library - 1Library Entrance sign - Goodspeed Ave/Library driveway.MaintainPartial SunBerstein, Terry, Linares, RobinOct '11
Library - 2Rock lined Corner as enter parking lotMaintainPartial SunFish, CarolynJune '12
Library - 3Round bed under maple treeMaintainShadeNash, JuliaSept '14
Library - 4Landscaping to left of front doorMaintainPartial SunWestbrook FoundationMay '11
Library - 5Crawford Memorial Bench areaMaintainPartial SunCrawford FamilyJuly '11
Library - 6Rock Garden to far left of main doorMaintainPartial SunCietanno, Kathie - Cietanno Family
Library - 7Evergreen shrubs at end of path from schoolMaintainPartial SunMoore's Sugar Shack - Moore, SherricaOct '11
Library - 8Sculpture of child readingMaintainPartial SunDoane, CathieOct '10
Library - 9Planters on lower levelDevelop & MaintainPartial SunBanks, Mary - Girls Scout TroopApr '12
Marina Dist. - 2Town Dock SignDevelop & MaintainFull SunOPEN
Mulvey Ctr. - 1Event Announcement Sign LandscapingMaintainPartial SunVista Vocational - Juaire, Kristin, Platteborze, EllenSept '10
Mulvey Ctr. - 2Flag Pole LandscapingMaintainPartial SunFerry, Michael (Buster)Sept. '10
Mulvey Ctr. - 3Front Landscaping - Around doorMaintainFull SunMulvey Ctr StaffAug '10
Mulvey Ctr. - 4Front Landscaping - Around doorMaintainFull SunMulvey Ctr StaffAug '10
Mulvey Ctr. - 5Rear - Northwest Corner landscapingMaintainFull SunTrojanoski, RitaMay '12
Mulvey Ctr. - 6Rear Rosebush HedgeMaintainFull SunREMOVEDOct '14
Mulvey Ctr.- 7Rear Landscaping (bird house area)MaintainFull SunSARAHMay '11
Mulvey Ctr - 8West side - By doorMaintainFull SunAppleby, CarenMay '12
Mulvey Ctr - 9East Side - LandscapingDevelop & MaintainFull SunOPEN
Mulvey Ctr - 9Front landscaping - Right of door areaOPEN
Mulvey Ctr - 9Front Landscaping - Left of door areaOPEN