Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Oct. 28, 2014 - 4:28 pm
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Join Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department's Volunteer Program. You are invited to make a difference in your community by volunteering for a park project, athletic team, special event or Adopt-A-Park program. There are many opportunities for individuals, groups, students and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit our new online Volunteer Registration which makes it easy to find the right opportunity for you! To register as a volunteer:

1. Create a Volunteer Profile
2. Select Areas of Interest
3. Register for Upcoming Events or Ongoing Projects
4. Receive confirmation email

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*At this time, there are no volunteer opportunities for court appointed community service hours.

Holiday Express at Pullen Amusement Park

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Join us for the 2014 Holiday Express! For this special event, Pullen Amusement Park is transformed into a Holiday Wonderland where participants can enjoy lights/displays, train rides, carousel rides, arts and crafts, and a visit with Santa.

Volunteers are needed December 4-7 and 11-14 from 3:30pm-9:00pm to run activity stations, greet and welcome individuals to the park, and provide a fun experience for all participants. You must be at least 15 years old to volunteer and attend the mandatory orientation on Monday, December 1 from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Pullen Community Center. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. All interested volunteers can find out more information and register by clicking on volunteer duties below.

Upcoming Events

Pre-registration is required of ALL volunteers to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for park projects and special events.

EventDate Time Location
Fri. 10/314:30pm-8pmPeach Road
Neighborhood Park
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Park BeautificationSat. 11/89am-12pmEdna Metz
Wells Park
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Coaching and Ongoing Opportunities

A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all coaching and ongoing opportunities.

Tree Steward ProgramNeighborWoods locationsRegister Now
Cemetery Watch ProgramCity Cemetery
Mt. Hope Cemetery
O'Rorke-Catholic Cemetery
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District 1 Basketball CoachOptimist
Millbrook Exchange
Lake Lynn
Brier Creek
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District 2 Basketball CoachGreen Road
Barwell Road
Lions Park
Marsh Creek
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District 3 Basketball CoachJaycee Park
Laurel Hills
Method Park
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District 4 Basketball CoachRoberts Park
Tarboro Road
Biltmore Hills
Carolina Pines
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City Wide League Basketball CoachMillbrook Exchange
Lions Park
Green Road
Brier Creek
Laurel Hills
Method Park
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Group Volunteers

Volunteer Organizations

Businesses, schools, churches and organizations have the opportunity to contribute time, talent and resources to City Parks. To set up a volunteer event unique for your group, complete the group volunteer project interest form and return to Ashley Deans.

Adopt A Park

Fallon Park Volunteers

The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Adopt-A-Park Program is always looking for new volunteers and groups to enhance city parks and trails.

The citizen volunteer or group agrees to maintain the designated park, trail or open space quarterly for at least one year. The volunteer or group of volunteers is asked to sign an Adopt-A-Park agreement. This agreement is renewed on a yearly basis.

Adopt-A-Park List of Available and Adopted Parks

Greenway Volunteer Program

Greenway Volunteer

The Greenway Volunteer Program is designed to engage current Greenway users to help be the eyes and ears for the Raleigh Police and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Departments.

Greenway volunteers generally patrol Greenways a minimum of eight hours a month and do not need to act as a volunteer every time they use a Greenway. Greenway volunteers have basic knowledge of the Greenway system, including its rules and regulations,and they are also able to recognize unsafe conditions on the Greenway.

For more information, contact Bruce Embry, Raleigh Police Department Volunteer Coordinator at 919-996-1118 or e-mail

Greenway Volunteer Program Brochure

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