Neighborhood associations offer a great way for residents to get involved in their community by providing opportunities for residents to collaborate. Many of East Lansing's active neighborhoods have reinforced their community's character through a range of projects, including installation of new signs and planters, development of neighborhood pocket parks, creation of special community events and more. Many of these associations have also created strong communication channels among neighbors and their local city government.
The City of East Lansing has established a Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative, which provides residents the opportunity to help enhance their neighborhood's character and quality of life through active community engagement.
The City of East Lansing has compiled a Neighborhood Associations Manual (PDF) to help provide residents with sample policies and procedures that can be undertaken by neighborhood associations to encourage greater levels of civic participation and engagement.